TURUMBA

TURUMBA
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Kidlat Tahimik, 95'', 1981, Philippines
Written and directed by: Kidlat Tahimik
Cinematography: Boy Yniguez
Editing: K.H. Fugunt
Sound: Ed de Guia, Neidhart Franke, Rolly Ruta
Music: Mandy Afuang
Cast: Homer Abiad, Iñigo Vito, Maria Pehipol, Patricio Abari, Bernarda Pacheco, Katrin de Guia

In a small Philippine village, little Kadu and his family fashion papier mache figures for the Turumba festivals honoring the Virgin Mary. One day, the family’s craftwork attracts the attention of a German department store buyer who purchases their entire stock, and order 500 more (this time with the word “Oktoberfest” painted on them). The traditional craft is transformed into an alienating assembly line and very soon, the entire village is frantically completing dachshund mascots for the 1972 Munich Olympics, imperiling the Turumba itself. Turumba is cautionary tale about the dangers of capitalism.

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