The epic story of the first contact, encounter, approach, betrayal and, eventually, life-transcending friendship, between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, last survivor of his people, and two scientists that, over the course of 40 years, travel through the Amazon in search of a sacred plant that can heal them. Inspired by the journals of the first explorers of the Colombian Amazon, Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes.

  1. Ciro Guerra

    Director, Writer

  2. Jacques Toulemonde Vidal


Top Billed Cast

  1. Nilbio Torres

    Young Karamakate

  2. Antonio Bolivar

    Old Karamakate

  3. Brionne Davis

    Brionne Davis

    Richard Evans Schultes

  4. Jan Bijvoet

    Jan Bijvoet

    Theodor Koch-Grunberg

  5. Luigi Sciamanna

    Priest Gaspar

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Embrace of the Serpent
Embrace of the Serpent


Original Title El abrazo de la serpiente

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 26, 2015


  • February 17, 2016
    Theatrical (limited)


Original Language Spanish; Castilian

Runtime 2h 5m

Budget $1,400,000.00

Revenue $1,320,005.00



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