Although Colombian director Ciro Guerra didn’t walk away with an Oscar for Best Foreign Film at the last Academy Awards ceremony, his film Embrace of the Serpent is a winner. It spins a poetic yarn around an Amazonian shaman named Karamakate, the last remaining member of his tribe, who travels along with two different scientists on the search for the rare yakruna plant over a forty-year span. Told in stunning black and white cinematography and based on the very real diaries of scientists Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evan Schultes, Embrace of the Serpent extols indigenous heritage whilst decrying the horrors of colonialism that have gone on to shape South America’s cultural history. In the world of cinema depicting places (and peoples) outside of the Western gaze, this one’s a must-see.
March 11-17, 2016
Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers the Orange County DIY music scene, film, arts, Latino culture and currently pens the long-running column Trendzilla. Born, raised, and based in Santa Ana, she loves bad movies, punk shows, raising her plants, eating tacos, Selena, and puns.