Taree Film Society screens the astounding Birds of Passage (MA) at 7pm this Monday, December 9 at the Manning Valley Visitors Information Centre, Taree North.
Epic and visually exquisite, it is the story about the destabilising effect of Western influences on the familial traditions and rituals of a proud indigenous family.
Guajira, Northern Colombia, 1970s. Wayuu tribe-member Zaida has come of age, leaving formidable matriarch Ursula with the important task of finding a suitable match.
Her instincts warn her against young Rapayet, an ambitious man with strong links outside of the clan, but the word of his respected uncle Peregrino carries weight, so she accedes, setting an outrageous dowry.
The seed sown, Rapayet stumbles onto a plan with his flamboyant friend Moises and cousin Anbal to sell marijuana to a visiting American. It's the beginnings of a profitable new enterprise.
As the family rises to prominence, Ursula becomes increasingly complicit in her son-in-law's business dealings, insisting traditional honour codes are respected and observed. But the trappings of wealth and power soon incite a war that threatens to tear them and their ancient traditions apart.
A unique sensory adventure, Birds of Passage is a fascinating depiction of duelling tribal codes, rituals and beliefs.
Almost mythical in its storytelling, this extraordinary film bursts with eye-popping traditional costumes and culture, an immersive atmosphere of surreal imagery, vivid sound design and glorious widescreen cinematography. It demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
Tickets include coffee cakes and chatting $14 plus booking fee and must be booked through Eventbrite. Visit www.tareefilmsociety.org.au or call 6552 3476 for details.