El abrazo de la serpiente / Der Schamane und die Schlange
D: Ciro Guerra, COL/VEN/ARG 2015, 124 min, OV with German subtitles
Hallucinogenic Amazon journey in black and white
At the beginning of the 20th century in the Columbian rainforest: The shaman Karamakate reluctantly joins a German anthropologist in his search for the mythical Yakruna plant, which is supposed to heal the “white demon” from his tropical fever. A botanist in search of this very same plant tracks down the shaman 30 years later, and once again he sets out, on the trail of the destruction left by the white colonial rulers: A nightmare in pin-sharp, hallucinogenic black and white images.