Birds of Passage
Thursday, May. 2, 2019 – Saturday, May. 4, 2019
Appearance by codirector Cristina Gallego
Epic in scope and meticulously detailed, Birds of Passagedocuments the true-to-life rise and fall of rival Wayuu clans in northern Colombia. Rapayet (José Acosta) is determined to marry Zaida (Natalia Reyes), but getting the enormous dowry her mother Úrsula (Carmiña Martínez) demands requires strategizing. When Rapayet procures marijuana for Peace Corps volunteers, the meeting becomes a source of great wealth and great conflict. Working with professional and nonprofessional actors, directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra bring to life a little-known culture, as they gorgeously detail the consequences of a tragic encounter.
“Numerous echoes of The Godfather ....” —San Diego Reader
“The glorious cinematography (hat tip to David Gallego) compliments the directors’ vision, making Birds of Passage a film that flies as high as its ambition.” —Detroit News
“The corrosive effects of the drug trade have been brought to tragic life on screens both big and small so often that there doesn't seem much new could be said on the topic. That’s where Birds of Passage vividly proves otherwise.” —Houston Chronicle
“A beguiling tale.” —Toronto Star
“It combines elements of Greek tragedy and crime family sagas where honor, vengeance, and codes of conduct dominate, along with a human personal tale of longing to belong.” — We Are Movie Geeks
Thursday, May 2: 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: 3:30 p.m.
About the Speaker
Isabel Cristina Gallego Lozano was born in Bogotá in 1978. She graduated from the School of Film & TV of the National University of Colombia in 2003, and in advertising and marketing at the Politécnico Grancolombiano in 1999. Between 2003 and 2007 she worked as a producer of educational and cultural television at the National University of Colombia. In 1998, together with Ciro Guerra, she founded Ciudad Lunar, a company that produced the acclaimed feature films Wandering Shadows (2004), The Wind Journeys (2009), and Embrace of the Serpent (2015).
HOURS & ADMISSION
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
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Two Parking Garages
Parking Garage HoursOpen daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking Garage Fees
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- The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
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Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
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