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“You brought the devil to the community!”
What happens when the land you called home has been pillaged by colonialists? And what happens when you’re the last one left? Here’s your answer
Embrace of the Serpent follows Karamakate, a shaman from the Amazon who is the last survivor of his indigenous tribe. In 1909, after becoming friends with a German scientist-explorer named Theodor Koch-Grunberg, the two set off in search of Yakruna, a rare psychedelic plant. Years later, Karamakate takes American scientist Richard Evans Schultes on a similar search.
Embrace of the Serpent, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film, follows the parallel stories of Karamakate’s journeys with Koch-Grunberg and Evans Schultes.