• Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

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Release Date: February 17th, 2016

DVD Release Date: June 21st, 2016

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
In the early 1900s, a young shaman (Nilbio Torres) in the Colombian Amazon helps a sick German explorer (Jan Bijvoet) and his local guide (Miguel Dionisio Ramos) search for a rare healing plant.

Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Miguel Dionisio Ramos, Nicolás Cancino, Luigi Sciamanna, Antonio Bolivar, Yauenkü Migue

Director: Ciro Guerra

Genres: Adventure, Historical drama

Distributors: Oscilloscope Pictures

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  • The narrative jumps back and forth between the two time frames, rather than telling Karamakate’s story in linear fashion, and these juxtapositions deepen the film’s resonance. show more

  • The going can be a bit slow at first, but the interweaving narratives, which comment on (and sometimes echo) each other, begin to develop a hypnotic grandeur. It’s a hell of a trip. show more

  • If the film runs a tad too long, especially in its second half, Embrace of the Serpent is still an absorbing account of indigenous tribes facing up to colonial incursions, revealing how Westerners are in many ways far behind the native peoples they conquer. show more

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