Embrace of the Serpent — September 18, 2016

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., Cinema Art Bethesda will present the Colombian film, Embrace of the Serpent. The film is 125 minutes long and in Spanish. Portuguese, Aboriginal, German, Catalan and Latin with English subtitles. It was released in 2015.


screenshot from Embrace of the SerpentAt 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, this film 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.

(Text adapted from Distributor Site.)