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Embrace the Serpent

UK Release Date Friday, 10 June 2016
Certificate TBC
Director Ciro Guerra
Cast Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Yauenku Miguee
Distributor Peccadillo Pictures


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.

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