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Manuela steals drugs from the Arab cartel to free her arrested father, sparking a war between narcos and tumbadores, putting at stake not only her life, but also her relationship with her own father.

  • María Isabel Burnes
  • María Isabel Burnes
  • Alonso Torres
    Matar a Jesús
  • Diego Cañizal
  • Mariel García Spooner
  • Paola Andrea Perez Nieto
    La Tierra y La Sombra
  • Fernando Solórzano
    Key Cast
    "Don César"
    El Rey, El cartel de los Sapos
  • Mari Gaby Sealy
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 40 minutes
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    July 10, 2023
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    550,000 USD
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Director Biography - María Isabel Burnes

Panamanian director and producer. Founder of Too Much Productions, a production house established in Panama since 2014 that promotes female talent. She is the director of the feature film "Tumbadores" (Post-Production).

She is the producer of the feature films:
"Algo Azul" (2021) acquired by HBO Max and Amazon Prime.
"Panquiaco" (2020) Premiere at the Rotterdam IFF 2020 in the Bright Future Competition.

She has participated in different labs and markets among them: Nuevas Miradas de la EICTV, Tribeca Film Institute's TFI Network, Chile Docs Conecta, Primer Corte - Ventana Sur, Docs MX, Ficci Producers Meeting, BAM, Marché du film, among others.

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Director Statement

I never thought I would end up making a film about narcos until the discovery of a family member involved in the drug trade. Something that I felt was far away from me, turned out to be closer than I expected and I understood the magnitude of the drug trafficking problem in my country. A problem that begins with the motivation of knowing a family history, and that little by little led me to investigate more deeply organized crime and its connections with the political and business class.

Tumbadores is a crime film, a genre that women usually do not direct, it seems important to me to have more presence of the female gaze in this type of genre, since women are opening a fundamental path in the different narrative forms.

Tumbadores would be the first film to address the issue of drug trafficking in Panama, although it may seem a saturated topic, I think it is important to tell the story from a Panamanian point of view. In Panama, the tumbador problem is particularly serious.

A story that combines the business class with underground multicultural hoods of Panamá.