Scene from the film Turumba
Scene from the film Turumba
Scene from the film Turumba
Scene from the film Turumba
Scene from the film Turumba


  • Germany
  • Philippines
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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.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Kidlat Tahimik
  • DOP
    Boy Yniguez
  • Editing
    K.H. Fugunt
  • Music
    Mandy Afuang
  • Sound
    Ed de Guia, Neidhart Franke, Rolly Ruta
  • Duration
    88 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
    • Philippines
  • Colour
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