Embrace of the Serpent

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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. 

  • Genre

    Action & Adventure, Drama, Feature Film, Dementia

  • Runtime

    125 min

  • Section

    Celebrating Aging in Film

  • Release Year


  • Director

    Ciro Guerra

  • Producer

    Cristina Gallego

  • Cast

    Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis

  • Country

    Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina