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'Birds of Passage' is a sad drug tale from South America




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Cast members of "Birds of Passage": (L-R) José Vicente Cotes, Greider Meza, Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta and Natalia Reyes.

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The far reach of Colombia's drug trade

(Starts at 9:16)

Colombia's official Oscar entry for foreign language film, "Birds of Passage," did not make the final cut of nominees, but it has received plenty of acclaim. The film takes an unexplored look at the origins of the country's drug trade. But instead of focusing on the romanticized narcos, "Birds of Passage" focuses on some of the first smugglers in the 1960s and '70s from the indigenous Wayuu people. The film is mainly in the group's native language and follows a traditional Wayuu family torn apart by the first boom of the international drug trade. The Frame's John Horn talks with the film's directors, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cbzb4pXZT0

The Me Too era reaches into the pop music world

(Starts at 1:18)

Melena Ryzik of the New York Times talks about the story she wrote with Joe Coscarelli: "For nearly two decades, Ryan Adams, one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of his generation, has been heralded as a mercurial creative genius and a respected industry tastemaker. He has also taken a special interest in the trajectory of female artists, especially younger ones, championing them onstage, across social media and in the studio, where his stamp of approval can jump-start careers. Some now say that Adams’s rock-star patronage masked a darker reality. In interviews, seven women and more than a dozen associates described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex."

The noisemakers of 'A Quiet Place'

(Starts at 21:15)

The stars of "A Quiet Place" are real-life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. He was also the director and co-writer. But the real star of the movie is the sound design — because the whole plot is predicated on a world where any sound you make means sudden death. As The Frame contributor Tim Greiving demonstrates, it’s easy to see why the two sound editors are nominated for an Oscar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR7cc5t7tv8