Title: Embrace of the Serpent (aka. El abrazo de la serpiente)
Directed by: Ciro Guerra
Written by: Ciro Guerra and Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
Based on the diaries of: Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes
Starring: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet and Antonio Bolivar
Release Date: 5/25/2015
Running Time: 125 minutes
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
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Dedications: For Diana Ferro. This film is dedicated to all the people whose songs we will never know.