Birds of Passage

« Following an indigenous family torn apart by a marijuana boom, this arresting Colombian film combines magical realism with the epic sweep of The Godfather. »
The Guardian


The origins of the Colombian drug trade, through the epic story of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s.

When greed, passion and honour collide, a fratricidal war breaks out that will put their lives, their culture and their ancestral traditions at stake.



  • 71st Cannes Film Festival, Directors’ Fortnight, 2018
  • 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, 2018
  • 66th San Sebastián International Film Festival, Perlak 2018
  • 62nd BFI London Film Festival, Official Competition 2018



Cristina Gallego

  • 2018 Birds of Passage

Circo Guerra

  • 2018 Birds of Passage
  • 2015 Embrace of the Serpent
  • 2009 The Wind Journeys
  • 2004 The Wandering Shadows


Carmiña Martínez, Jhon Narváez, José Acosta, José Vicente Cotes, Juan Martínez, Natalia Reyes


Screenplay: Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde
Cinematography: David Gallego
Editing: Miguel Schverdfinger
Sound design: Carlos Garcia, Claus Lynge
Music: Leonardo Heiblum
Producers: Cristina Gallego, Katrin Pors, Nicolás Celis, Sebastian Celis, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Sandino Saravia Vinay, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade
Production: Blond Indian Films (CO), Bord Cadre films (CH), Ciudad Lunar Producciones (CO), Labodigital (MX), Pimienta Films (MX), Snowglobe Films (DK)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 125′
Released: 2018
Language: Spanish
Sous-titrage: English, French


Original title: Pájaros de verano