The epic story of the first contact, the encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people and two scientists.
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Absolutely mesmerising from start to finish. A truly engaging masterpiece of heart, soul and spirit that invites the viewer to contemplate politics, religion and culture and purpose from an intelligent, visually rich and emotionally dense perspective. 5 stars
The eminent transcendental accessories throughout the film give us a vividly expressive perspective about the shock of different cultures, the good and the bad in the human nature, and the forever-complex relation between nature and civilization.
FNC '15 Guerra casts an eye on colonialism and the destruction of indigenous culture with this wise dual narrative looking at two similar journeys in the early 19th century. Scripting is excellent as is the b&w cinematography of David Gallego and the four principal players who give Karamakate, Theodor and Schultes much more than a surface depth. Equal parts awe inducing and infuriating.
The verdant Amazon rainforest is rendered black & white, equalizing both man and nature, past and present, natives and the encroaching white man. Guerra's vision is far more complex, ethereal and poignant than the usual anti-colonialism treatise. Antonio Bolivar, the older Karamakate, is one of the last 16 people on the planet who still speak the language of his tribe. The tragedy of extinction is palpable.
Envolvente, una historia excelente y una representación única de la historia indigena latinoamericana. Una dirección de actores muy buena, pues sus protagonistas son actores naturales, indigenas de la amazonia colombiana. Merece todo el reconocimiento esta fuerte crítica al colonialismo y la extinción de la cultura indígena que alguna vez estuvo latente en nuestro continente
The cinematography is sublime and director Ciro Guerra finds influence in everything from Sebastião Salgado and Alejandro Jodorowsky to films like Apocalypse Now and From What is Before. The decision to shoot in B&W blurs the lines between the natural world and its inhabitants, and the overall effect is quite powerful. The 2nd explorer's fate confused me because his intentions seemed to shift in an unexplainable way.
[REVIEW] 89/100 - Embrace of the Serpeant (Ciro Guerra, Columbia/Argentina/Venezuela)
The film as a whole is a hypnotic exemplar of cinema as a transformative art.
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