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'Embrace of the Serpent': Colombia's soulful Oscar entry


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'Embrace of the Serpent': Colombia's soulful Oscar entry

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‘Embrace of the Serpent’ takes us to the heart of darkness in the Amazon. Directed by Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra, it features a shaman in the lead role. He lives alone, his people have disappeared along with his memories, his emotions and whole swathes of his culture.

Forty years apart, Karamakate guides and heals two explorers who have set off to find the sacred plant that teaches you how to dream.

This beautiful black and white movie gives us a glimpse – without really lifting the veil – of the cosmogony of ancient societies seen with the eyes of an Amazonian Indian –
something no film had ever done before.

The encounter between the Indian world and the Western world – the outcome of which was fatal for the former – forces us to examine our own destiny, be it collective or individual.

That is the lesson what we have to learn from ‘Embrace of the Serpent’, which has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.
We hope you enjoy it, have a good week.

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