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.