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

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

<p>‘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. </p> <p>Forty years apart, Karamakate guides and heals two explorers who have set off to find the sacred plant that teaches you how to dream. </p> <p>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 – <br /> something no film had ever done before. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>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. <br /> We hope you enjoy it, have a good week. </p> <p><img src="http://www.euronews.com/media/download/articlepix/serpiente-cb46-bb-220116.jpg" alt="" /></p>