Among the various background noises in El Limonal, Nicaragua—chickens, children’s laughter, the growl of the well pump—one stood out: clackers. You remember those, don’t you—two acrylic balls on the end of a string? Bang ‘em together, and instant noise! The toys were very popular in the 1960s and ’70s in the United States.
In every video recorded in the village, videographer Alessandra Zeka and I would have to check to make sure a crowd of clackers wasn’t coming our way. Sometimes shooting was simply impossible. Clackers, needless to say, are still popular in Nicaragua, and in the village of El Limonal—chances are, this is the only toy a child there has.