The Bird's Singing

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A heavy-handed allegory by a veteran Bolivian film-maker about the racism endemic in his country and the more universal inability to learn from history. It opens with masked conquistadors (the harquebus angels) lined against the Andean altiplano skyline, as a mainly mestizo film crew track up the hill like Aguirre's invading army in Herzog's Wrath of God. Thus begins a series of broad parallels, culminating in a siege, whereby the crew, assailed by the Indian community (who have refused to be in their historical movie), almost resort to the use of the ancient harquebuses in their possession. The song of the title refers to the birds of the Indians' annual music festival: the crew shoot them for sport. Beautiful scenery.

By: WH

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jorge Sanjines
Screenwriter: Jorge Sanjines
Cast: Guido Arce
Marcelo Guzman
Reynaldo Yujra
Lineth Herbas
Geraldine Chaplin