Fresno State’s CineCulture film series presents “Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)” at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium on the Fresno State campus.  

The ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in “Embrace of the Serpent,” the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in black-and-white, “Serpent” centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him.

The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers, Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes, who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

The film has won numerous prestigious awards, including awards at Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. In Spanish, Portuguese, Aboriginal, German, Catalan and Latin. 

Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, will lead the post-screening discussion. The screening of this 125-minute film is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Creativity and the Arts.

INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at or visit the CineCulture website. See original press release.