Alsino y el Condor, made at the time of the Sandinista overthrow of the Somoza regime in Nicaragua, is an allegory of the Nicaraguan people rising up to meet their oppressor. The film is a Mexican-Cuban-Nicaraguan co-production, yet despite this, it has the distinctive Littin touch.
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Despite limited expressionism governed by low budget, Littin vocalizes a poetic coming-of-political-age tale. Self-proclaimed “free man” sells caged birds, Alsino sees corrupted capitalist fantasy. No wings for the people, only delusional submission to incompatible foreign ideals. While the imagery is certainly poetically evocative, the narrative could benefit from stronger, and more constantly present struggle.