Turumba, 1983

Turumba (1983)
Director: Kidlat Tahimik
The Philippines
Narrative | 90 minutes
Tagalog with English and Arabic subtitles
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An exception to the rule of Tahimik’s signature approach to filmmaking, Turumba was scripted and fully financed. Told from the viewpoint of a young boy, Turumba charts the impact of the globalising economy on the traditions of a Filipino barrio [village]. The family belongs to a lineage of cantores, respected village elders who lead the trance dancers during the town’s annual religious festival. When the boy’s father turns into a handicrafts exporter of Olympic souvenirs, he is tempted to sacrifice his spiritual calling to meet export deadlines. The film reminds viewers that not all riches can come from coin.