In this Bolivian drama that serves as a plea for tolerance of cultural diversity in that country, a film crew travels to a remote Indian village on a high plateau and attempts to convince them to play extras in their movie about the 16th-century Spanish conquistadors who conquered them. The Indios refuse and are not interested in the money offered. The film crew then attempts to coerce residents of neighboring villages to play the extras. Trouble ensues when insensitive crew members begin taking potshots at the locals birds that the Indios consider sacred. The story then divides its time between the current conflict and the one of centuries past to show that nothing has really changed. But in the end, the natives decide to accept the filmmakers and invite them to participate in their ceremonial festival of the birds, so the story ends on a hopeful note.
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