27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Kidlat Tahimik
original title: Turumba
country: Philippines, West Germany
running time: 87 min.
synopsisTurumba is an annual march held in the Philippine province of Laguna in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows. A local family that makes memorabilia also participates in the march. In the 1970s, the Munich Olympic Games enter a small Filipino village. The family gets a huge contract to produce 30,000 Olympic mascots. The original episode of this documentary series, which ZDF presented under the name Olympic Gold, was extended by Tahimik into a feature-length film. It shows the impact of capitalism on the countryside and on local traditions. It depicts a new face of neo-colonialism, whose main weapon is capital and consumerism, suppressing local spiritual traditions.
biographyKidlat Tahimik (* 1942), whose artistic name translates to “silent lightning,” is a representative of the Third Cinema movement, which in the 1960s and 1970s could be defined as anti-neo-colonialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-Hollywood. In 2014, Ji.hlava IDFF dedicated the entire Translucent Being section to him and included his films Perfumed Nightmare (1977), Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Moon Buggy? (1982), Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? (1994), and Memories of Overdevelopment (2010).
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