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RCA Film Night Series: Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra

3 December 2019 | 6pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre


Embrace the Serpent by Colombian director Ciro Guerra is an extraordinary, hypnotic film which seems at first glance to be a dreamy inversion of the themes of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, turning a generic heart of darkness into a crucible of light, as seen from the perspective of indigenous Amazonian tribespeople. 

Mixing fact and fiction in fable-like fashion, Guerra’s third feature, which secured Colombia’s first Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, offers both a bold indictment of colonial imperialism and a powerful celebration of disappearing cultures.