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Based on true events, the visually stunning BIRDS OF PASSAGE is an unusual feature film about drug trafficking in Colombia. The setting is the Guajira desert, a striking and monotonous landscape in the North of the country, where the indigenous Wayuu people live. Their lives are organized according to strict rules, governed by spiritualism interpreted and conveyed by strong matriarchs. One of them is Ursula. At the beginning of the movie she demands a hefty dowry from poor but ambitious Raphayet, who wants to marry Ursula´s young daughter Zaida. In order to meet the matriarch's demands, and follow through on the clan's traditions, Raphayet starts smuggling marijuana to the United States. Over decades, the whole clan becomes involved in the trafficking business, under Ursula's strict supervision.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE is a tragic family saga, a narco thriller and a brutal mafia movie. The orthodox traditions of Wayuu culture play a prominent role in the plot, giving us new and dramatic perspectives on how drug trafficking has transformed Colombia.

Orginal title: 
PÁJAROS DE VERANO
Director: 
Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra
Screenplay: 
María Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde
Photography: 
David Gallego
Actors: 
Carmina Martinez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narvaez, Greider Meza, Jose Vicente Cote, Juan Bautista Martinez
Run time: 
2 hours 5 min
Year: 
2018
Country: 
Colombia,
Denmark and
Mexico
Dialogue: 
Wayuu, Spanish, English
Subtitles: 
English
Producer: 
Cristina Gallego, Katrin Pors
Sales: 
MER FILM
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Ciro Guerra (b. 1981) is a Colombian director and screenwriter. His previous film EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (2015), won the C.I.C.A.E Award (The Art Cinema Award) in Cannes and was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Cristina Gallego (b. 1978) is a Colombian film and television producer, director and screenwriter. BIRDS OF PASSAGE is her debut as a director. She has acted as a producer on several of Guerra's films.