Colombia’s 1st Oscar-nominated film
Ciro Guerra/ 2015
“One of the most singular cinematic experiences you could hope to have.” The Playlist
With English Subtitles
“Embrace of the Serpent is the story of Karamakate, the last living member of his tribe and the two journeys he takes with foreign explorers [Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes], 40 years apart. It’s nomination for Best Foreign Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards makes it the first Colombian film to be nominated for an Oscar.
The character of Karamakate is played by two indigenous actors, Nilvio Torres of the Cubeo tribe and Antonio Bolívar of the Ocainan and one of Serpent explorers, ‘Teodor von Martius,’ (Jan Bijvoet), is based on the German ethnologist, Theodor Koch-Grünberg, the first documented overseas explorer of the Colombian Amazon. The German scientist, who was transformed by the Amazon so many years ago, traveled around the Vaupes region from 1903 to 1905, studying its people, its cultures and its mystical plants.” PRI’s The World
February 09, 2016 · 3:00 PM EST
By Isis Madrid
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Office of International Studies and Programs and Hart Hall Global Learning and Living Center sponsor Embrace of the Serpent.