Friday 10th March
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
The film tells two stories thirty years apart, both featuring Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his tribe. He travels with two scientists, firstly with German Theo von Martius in 1909 and American named Evan in 1940, to look for the rare yakruna, a sacred plant.
Theo, an ethnographer from Tübingen who has already resided in the Amazon for several years, is very sick and is travelling by canoe with his field notes and a westernised local he saved from enslavement on a rubber plantation named Manduca. Karamakate prolongs his life, blasting white powder called “the sun’s semen” up his nose, but is reluctant to become involved with a westerner and refuses his money. Theo is searching for the healing plan yakruna as the only cure for his disease and the three set off in the canoe to search for it.
What the Critics say…
“At once blistering and poetic, not just an ethnographic study but also a striking act of cinematic witness.“ Variety
In this abstract music video, colour, shape, and sound combine to take us to a new aural plane.
WAYS OF SEEING
The rumble of train rails; the crashing of ocean waves; the soft caress of distant wind.
Two people. Two ways of perceiving the world.