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Birds of Passage Film Review: Indigenous Communities Rewrite the Drug War

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Mar 13, 2019 2:14 PM 1+ week ago

EDITOR'S NOTE: The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the authors and do not reflect the views of Latino USA.

At first glance, "Birds of Passage" ("Pajaros de verano") promises a tale plenty familiar to U.S. audiences: a violent and sweeping dramatization of the Colombian drug trade. Familiar ingredients are present: a narco family at war, unflinching violence and murder, and lots of marijuana. But mere minutes into the film, this promise of the familiar drug crime thriller is shattered: from scene to scene, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's film forces the audience to witness the rise and fall of the pre-Escobar Colombian marijuana drug trade as it has never been told before: from the Indigenous Wayuu perspective. As Hollywood and Netflix continue to perpetuate narratives of the Colombian drug trade that elide or completely ignore the Indigenous narrative, and as the Trump administration and Ivan Duque continue to push for failed supply-side drug war policies ...

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