Karamakate had quite a job dealing with these whites. Hard to know which was worse, the missionary or the Colonel Kurtz character. I liked the parallel structure of the stories. What was clear was the devastation that had been wrought by the various outsiders. Gorgeous cinematography.
Li ho trovati quasi arricchiti, i colori dell'Amazzonia, da questo spettacolare bianco e nero, che filtra in modo fenomenale la ghermente narrazione del film, la quale tocca con sensibilità pregevole gli aspetti storici, politici e spirituali di una popolazione che ha sofferto fin troppo per mano di culture altrui. Potente quanto la morsa del progresso malaccetto intorno alle vite dei poco vestiti indigeni Cohiuano.
Good disuse of metaphor. Those mountains were heroic. The only bit I wasn't sure about was the scene with the deluded self-proclaimed messianic missionary, too heavily reminiscent of 'Apocalypse Now', which felt outside of the film's anti-symbolic remit; though I did appreciate its straight-faced portrayal of Christianity *as* cannibalism since it is rare that Christianity gets exoticised at the movies.
I honestly don't remember much about this one. I think it tried to be something bigger than it was. From memory I recall the mixed story-lines didn't work all that well, although it was interesting to see the change of the shaman. The "Jesus Christ" scene was unnecessary and a low point. That being said the film does look great and there were some interesting ideas.
Incredible film with nature as its backdrop and showing outsiders's impact on the natural and indigenous world. Was beautiful, but a sad reflection of outsiders trying to control what is not theirs. Karamakate is an incredible character who is our guide for this story of different times in this beautiful world.
Full of 'real' legends and myths, the movie is set in the early 1900s. Gorgeous landscapes of tribal Amazonian Colombia, where the story of a shaman from an isolated tribe who leads white men through the jungle takes place. The black and white imagery is beautiful!
The main flaw of this otherwise very interesting film is lack of cinematography that could match the plot and the mood. It's also over the top in scenes which are supposed to be grim and downward dark. Hovewer as a perspectivist voice in international cinema it's very fresh.
There aren't many movies about colonialism. If you wanna find a movie about it, Embrace of the Serpent would be the one. It contained a beautiful cinematography (in black and white). This movie gave you a story about colonialism and its damage. Too bad, I think that the storyline less engaging. It's still worth to watch...
Read Eduardo Galeano. A powerful, last-gasp entreaty for humankind to heed aboriginal knowledge - ancient instincts of sustainability buried in our genetic coding. After centuries of the mortal horror of expansionism, our planet is at a turning point, and indigenous frontline communities are still spilling their blood for us. As the snakes have come home to criss-cross the Western heartlands, it's wakey-wakey time.