Film Review: Embrace The Serpent. 5/5 Stars


Embrace of the Serpent is the story of Karamakate (pictured), an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people and two scientists he works with over the course of 40 years in a search for a sacred healing plant.

Filmed in searing black and white, perhaps top remind us that most of us walk through life half asleep blind to the depth and breadth and vast myriad colours of reality, the primary purpose of this film is to commemorate the lost people of the Amazon, people whose stories have been lost to Christian subjugation, slavery and deforestation.

The narrative examines environmentalism, ideas and truth and introduces us to a world whose primordial knowledge has a lot to teach us about the art of living.

Perhaps the closet comparison I can draw is Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and like this film, Embrace of the Serpent examines with prescient majesty, the grand mysteries of life.

Intense, deep, moving and profound; I highly recommend this film to anyone seeking a spiritual experience.



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