The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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

• Read interviews with the filmmakers here and here.

Upcoming Showtimes

Thursday, May 2: 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 4: 3:30 p.m.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

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).


  • 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.
  • General Admission

    • 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.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • 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.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

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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