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


  • Honorable Mention, Chicago Asian American Film Festival Film and Video Festivals
  • Flaherty Film Seminar
  • New York, San Francisco Asian American - Film Festivals
  • “Kanohi ki te Kanohi/Face to Face” program, the Kodak Theatre, Production Village
  • Freemans Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Robert Flaherty Seminar for Independent Video and Cinema, The Camera
  • Los Angeles International Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival
  • Out of Bounds, Women of Color Film and Video Festival
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • Xth Black International Cinema Festival
  • The Second Annual Fall Asian Pacific American Coalition in Cinema
  • Theatre, & Television Video Festival, UCLA
  • Dallas Video Festival
  • Act of Video Festival, DCTV
  • Femannale Film Festival
  • Rio CineFest
  • Reframed: Technology and Interpretation
  • Williams College Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Santa Monica Museum of Art
  • Pacific Film Archive
  • Smithsonian Event at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum
  • The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
  • The Center for Photography, Woodstock
  • The New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Asian CineVision Annual VIDEOSCAPE: An Asian American Video Showcase


Fatimah Tobing Rony

Fatimah Tobing Rony (dir. ON CANNIBALISM) makes films and writes books about people whose stories have not yet been told. CHANTS OF LOTUS [PEREMPUAN PUNYA CERITA] (2008), was distributed and exhibited in major theaters in Indonesia, and in film festivals around the world. Her newest film, ANNAH LA JAVANAISE, was an Official Selection of the 2020 Annecy International Festival for Animated Film and has won fourteen awards across five continents. She received her MFA in Directing from UCLA's School of Film, Theater, and Television, and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University. (06/22) 


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