Film Series: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
Mar 4Free Virtual Event
Mar 4Free Virtual Event
|Thursday, Mar. 4||6:30 PM||Register|
Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
The films in this virtual festival shed light on important cultural, social, and intersectional topics from the Spanish-speaking world. We are pleased to be able to feature these award-winning and critically acclaimed films at Saint Mary’s College.
Each film will have a live introduction, screening, and follow-up discussion via Zoom on the screening date indicated. After the initial screening, the films will be available to stream for one week. This festival has been made possible through the generosity of the Spanish Film Club PRAGDA Grant as well as the co-sponsorship of the following departments and offices at Saint Mary’s College: English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Studies, History, The Office of Inclusion and Equity, The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, The Student Diversity Board, and The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership .
(EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE)
Ciro Guerra / Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela / 125 min / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles
ACADEMY AWARD® BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NOMINEE
A breathtaking ethnographic odyssey through the heart of the Colombian Amazon, Embrace of the Serpent is the epic story of the first contact, approach, betrayal and, eventually, friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists that, over the course of 40 years, become the first men to travel the Northwest Amazon in search of a sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. With nine different languages spoken during the course of the film, this hypnotic meditation on the beauty of nature and effects of colonialism is presented with an uncommon sense of curiosity rarely seen. The crisp black and white photography captures the extraordinary landscapes with a haunting, almost mythical sense of wonder, while the balance between documentary-style realism and dreamlike mysticism makes for a truly poetic cinematic experience.
Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
After the initial screening, you may still watch this film between 03/04/2021 and 03/11/2021.
Afrolatinos: An Untaught History, February 18
The Infiltrators, February 25
Embrace of the Serpent, March 4
Spider Thieves, March 11
Wilaya, March 18
Bad Hair, March 25
The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture.