Birds of Passage,
directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
(not rated, 2 hours, 5 minutes)
If you watched the first two seasons of the Netflix series Narcos, you may think you're up to speed on the decades of criminal drug enterprises in Colombia. But there's more to the story -- and the players -- than Pablo Escobar.
Birds of Passage comes in from a different angle, concentrating on the country's indigenous Wayuu people in the 1970s. At the center is Rapayet (Jose Acosta) who, wedged between a desire to be powerful and a duty to uphold his culture's values, enters and quickly finds success in the drug trafficking business.
Defying the disapproval of his tribe's matriarch Ursula (Carmina Martinez), Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.
What starts out as a dream for a better life ends up with morality in tatters in this tense and compelling tale, enhanced by the stunning cinematography of David Gallego.
With Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narvaez. Subtitled.
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MovieStyle on 05/17/2019
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