Birds of Passage (Pájaros de Verano)
93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
From the team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history.
Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval.
Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.
A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change.
"A genuine knockout. An epic drug-war movie that deals with indigenous cultures and the collapse of traditional values."
"Critic’s Pick. Even as you may be reminded of other sweeping chronicles of fortunes made and souls undone by ambition and greed — GIANT, THE GODFATHER, even ‘Breaking Bad’ — your perception of the world is likely to be permanently altered. The experience made me think of some of my favorite movies (I’ll add Visconti’s LA TERRA TREMA to the list), but it’s also like nothing I’ve ever seen before."
"Watching it happen is intoxicating; the gripping action feels utterly authentic and the actors (a combo of professional and amateur) complex and believable."