From the team behind the previously nominated film Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia’s official submission for Oscar consideration proves to be an equally audacious saga, dramatizing the origins of the Colombian drug trade in the 1970s and its effect on the indigenous population. After an ambitious Wayúu man named Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the business of trafficking marijuana for US consumption, his pursuit of material wealth over the next decade accelerates the erosion of his tribe’s traditional values. This portrait of an ancient culture in transformation vividly combines fascinating ethnographic rituals with Godfather-style outbursts. With Natalia Reyes. In Wayúu and Spanish with English subtitles. Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra. (Colombia 2018) 125 min.