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Embrace of the Serpent

Located at the Nuart Theater

Filmed on location in magnificent, breathtaking widescreen black-and-white cinematography, the heart of the Amazonian jungle is the setting for this blistering and poetic tale of the ravages of colonialism on nature and native people. Karamakate, a mystic Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, serves as guide to an ailing German ethnographic explorer in 1909, and again thirty years later to an American who follows, both searching for the sacred healing plant, the Yakruna. Filled with regret and loneliness over the loss of his people and unable to fully trust the white men he agrees to guide, Karamakate ultimately proves an invaluable resource to the explorers, both of whom are curious to learn about his lost culture. Inspired by actual journals kept by two Amazonian explorers, Embrace of the Serpent is co-written and directed by Ciro Guerra. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.