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Birds of Passage

Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Pájaros de verano
Colombia, Denmark 2018 / 125’
At War Climax

Birds of Passage, the latest work by Oscar-nominated Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent) and his wife, Cristina Gallego, is a visually stunning story about the beginnings of the Colombian drug trade that is tied in with a story about the indigenous community of the Wayúu Indians. Greed, gang rivalries, passions and honor call into question the traditional values passed down by the Wayúu's ancestors. Colombia in the 1990s. Barren, windswept deserts in the country's borderlands are home to the Wayúu Indian people. During a tribal rite of passage, Zaida (Natalia Reyes) performs a traditional dance, which tempts a potential candidate for her husband, Rapayet (José Acosta). However, Ursula (Carmiña Martínez), who is the head of the tribe, sets a high price for the young Rapayet to pay for Zaida. He tries to find a way to earn the money quickly. Together with his partner, Moises (Jhon Narváez), he meets some American hippies looking for access to marijuana suppliers. Rapayet and Moises pretend to be dealers, and the business they drum up is just the beginning of the story.

Against Gravity

Cristina Gallego

Cristina Gallego was born in Bogota in 1978. In 2001, she founded the company Ciudad Lunar together with Ciro Guerra and produced his first films there. Gallego has also produced films by directors such as Pedro Aguilera, Abner Benaim and Annemarie Jacir. Birds of Passage marks her directorial debut.


2018 Sny wędrownych ptaków / Pájaros de verano / Birds of Passage

Ciro Guerra

Born in Río de Oro (Colombia) in 1981. His first two films, La sombra del caminante and The Wind Journeys, were selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Locarno, winning 40 international awards. 


2004 Cień przechodnia / La sombra del caminante

2009 Wietrzne podróże / Los viajes del viento / The Wind Journeys

2015 W objęciach węża / El abrazo de la serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent

2018 Sny wędrownych ptaków / Pájaros de verano / Birds of Passage

Cast & Crew

director Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
screenplay Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
cinematography David Gallego
editing Miguel Schverdfinger
music Leonardo Heiblum
cast Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, José Vicente Cotes, Juan Martínez, Greider Meza
producer Katrin Pors, Cristina Gallego
production Ciudad Lunar Producciones, Blond Indian Films, Pimienta Films, Films Boutique, Snowglobe Films
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Spanish
colouration colour