On Cannibalism

A film by Fatimah Tobing Rony

US/Indonesia | 1994 | 6 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99276


King Kong meets the family photograph in this provocative experimental film exploring the West's insatiable appetite for native bodies in museums, world's fairs, and early cinema. Intertwining personal narrative about race and identity in the U.S. with layered footage, artifacts and video effects, ON CANNIBALISM looks back at anthropological truisms with outrage and irony.

"...In these times of heated debates around diversity and multiculturalism, ON CANNIBALISM is bound to arouse interesting discussions concerning race, identity and difference. " - Teshome Gabriel, UCLA


"**** Well done and provocative. An excellent discussion starter. Any school or library wanting a vehicle to motivate thinking about colonialism...should consider purchasing this video."

Video Rating Guide for Libraries


  • Flaherty Film Seminar
  • New York, San Francisco Asian American - Film Festivals


Fatimah Tobing Rony

Fatimah Tobing Rony is a writer, director, producer, and professor. She is a two-time winner of Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards, and has been awarded a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Berlinale Talent Campus, and an ABC/Disney Writing Grant. Her first book is THE THIRD EYE: RACE, CINEMA, AND ETHNOGRAPHIC SPECTACLE (Duke UP, 1996), which won the Society for Cinema Studies prize for best book in the field in 1998, and is in its third printing. Likewise, several of her films are still in distribution years after their initial release. CHANTS OF LOTUS [PEREMPUAN PUNYA CERITA] (2008), which was distributed and exhibited in major theaters in Indonesia, continues to play at film festivals around the world, including the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, the Indonesian Film Festival in Denmark, the Auckland Indonesian Film Festival in New Zealand, the Black Movie Festival in Switzerland, the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, and many others. Her short film, EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN (2000) was picked up for online distribution by the premier distributor of Gay and Lesbian Film, Frameline. She is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. (07/19)


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