Birds of Passage


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

In the stunning follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, director Ciro Guerra delivers an unexpected take on the cartel genre, depicting the true-to-life rise and fall of rival Wayuu clans in Northern Colombia, told through the story of a single Colombian family who find themselves increasingly forced into the violence and capitalistic pull of the country’s burgeoning drug trade.

“Fascinatingly layered and strikingly beautiful … offers a scalding vision of the twin ravages of capitalism and colonialism taking deep, devastating root.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Co-directed alongside his longtime collaborator Cristina Gallego, Birds of Passage is a gripping narrative sprawling in scope and filled with a sense of surreal beauty, driven by incredible attention to the details of Columbia’s indigenous Wayuu customs, traditions, and celebrations. Blending professional and non-professional actors, trappings of Western influence, and pointed political commentary, Gallego and Guerra weave an epic crime saga of pride, greed and the clash between the old and new worlds. (Dir. by Christina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2018, Colombia/Denmark/Mexico, in Spanish/English/Wayuu with English subtitles, 125 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Cannes; Toronto | Tucson Premiere