In the Amazon at the beginning of the 20th century a remarkable meeting takes place between German explorer Theo and shaman Karamakate, who set out together on a dangerous expedition through the jungle.
For quite some time, Theo and his local guide Manduca have stayed in the area where Theo has become seriously ill, leading him to go in search of a rare medicinal plant. The shaman, whose people have been murdered and driven out by white men, accompanies them in the hope of finding surviving members of the tribe. What follows is a physically and mentally exhilarating journey on the water, during which they are confronted with the influence Western greed and missionary zeal have on the previously pristine region.
El Abrazo de la Serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent), shot in glorious CinemaScope black-and-white footage, won prizes such as the prestigious 2015 Cannes Film Festival Art Cinema Award.
One-time showing in cooperation with Studium Generale (WUR) as part of the ‘Plant-People Relationships’ lecture series. English subtitling. Free admission for WUR-card holders. More info: Studium Generale