The north of Colombia in the late 1960s. During a village ceremony on an expanse of desert, Rapayet is captivated by the beautiful Zaida. But in order to marry her, he needs a large dowry. In the first 20 minutes, Pájaros de verano/Birds of Passage seems to be building up to a calm drama about the centuries-old family traditions of the Waayu people. But this is only half the story in this Colombian submission for the Oscars.

While the elderly women continue to pursue their mystic rituals, Rapayet and members of a friendly family see an opportunity to earn money by smuggling and selling large consignments of marijuana. And with the drugs and the money, comes the violence. In five breathtakingly shot chapters, and traditional Colombia changes into an arena of drugs, greed, revenge and blood. This makes Pájaros de verano a portrayal of the start of the Escobar era.

International title
Birds of Passage
Filmmaker
Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Country
Colombia, Denmark, Mexico
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
125’
Language
Spanish, English, Wayunikee
Producer
Cristina Gallego, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen, Nicolás Celis
Production Company
Ciudad Lunar Producciones, Blond Indian, Snowglobe, Pimienta Films
Sales
Films Boutique
Writer
Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
Cinematography
David Gallego
Editor
Miguel Schverdfinger
Production Design
Angelica Perea
Sound Design
Carlos García
Music
Leonardo Heiblum
Cast
Carmiña Martínez, Jhon Narváez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, José Vicente Cotes, Greider Meza, Juan Bautista