37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Embrace of the Serpent

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This visionary adventure epic tracks two parallel odysseys as a lone shaman leads two European ethnographers into the mysteries of the Amazon. The film intercuts between the shaman as a young man and as an older one, guiding each foreign explorer on a search for a rare flower thought to cure a fatal illness. Breathtakingly filmed in silvery black and white, this tribute to the lost civilizations of the Amazon by Colombian director Ciro Guerra reimagines the indigenous point of view and examines the consequences of colonialism in this tribute to the lost civilizations of the Amazon. Introduction by George Mentore (U.Va.)


Thursday, November 5


8:45 PM


Downtown Mall : Violet Crown B

Film Info

Director: Ciro Guerra

Runtime: 122 min.

Genre: International

Year: 2015

Country: Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina

Featuring: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Yauenku Miguee