A Philippine village goes international in Tahimik's satirical takedown of the global economy, as essential now as it was when it was released in 1983. Young Kadu and his family earn money carving and selling handcrafted wooden trinkets, but when a “buying agent for German department stores” arrives, it's farewell painstaking craftsmanship and hello assembly lines, international shipping, and phrases like “rationalize production!” Too busy shouting, “OK! Break's over!” to his underage charges and enjoying the fruits of the global commemorative-trinket industry, Kadu's father soon even loses interest in the upcoming Turumba festival, a religious ceremony dating back generations. Traditional culture, overturned for some Munich Olympic mascot knockoffs: Turumba is a witty, almost Swiftian parable of the effects of globalization. While easily the most “narrative” of all Tahimik's features, the film still frequently-and joyfully-wanders offscript to luxuriate in the customs, beauty, and small wonders of the region it was filmed in, and as such can be enjoyed as much as a documentary as a fictional satire. “I wrote a script just to get the money,” recalls Tahimik, “but once I started on the film, I ignored it.”

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