Early Bird Sale
13 Sep 2018, 9am - 28 Sep 2018, 12am
13 Sep 2018, 10am - 27 Sep 2018, 8pm
28 Sep 2018, 12am
28 Sep 2018, 10am
By Marlon Fuentes
Bontoc Eulogy spotlights the haunting story of indigenous Filipinos who were brought to the United States to be “live exhibits” at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Director Marlon Fuentes draws on live and found footage to piece together the story of his great-grandfather Markod, a warrior of the Bontoc Igorot tribe who was amongst the “live exhibits” at the Fair’s Philippine Village and never returned.
Those who associate the famous fair with Judy Garland, clanging trolleys and the sweet melodies of MGM’s musical Meet Me in St. Louis will find that the film offers an antithetical, disturbing view. The Fair was the site of the world's largest-ever "ethnological display rack," exhibiting hundreds of so-called primitive men and women from all over the globe with, and in contrast to, the achievements of Western civilization. In the search for his ancestry, Fuentes provokes a critical look at the dominant Western practice of representing native cultures through an anthropological lens. But Fuentes also encourages the viewers to turn this critical gaze onto the film itself—by constructing a narrative from archival images, propaganda films and dramatic recreations, Bontoc Eulogy prompts us to think about how we perceive and represent history.
Bontoc Eulogy won the Silver Medal at the San Francisco Film Festival (1996) and received an Honourable Mention at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (1996). It has been screened all over the world, such as at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (1997), Cinéma du Réel, (2008) and the Centre Pompidou (2008). Most recently, it was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018) as part of the Philippine Pavilion.
Early Bird Sale
Approximately 57 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- Rating: NC16 (Some disturbing scenes)
- No admission for infants in arms.
- Admission is subject to tickets and valid IDs produced at the entrance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No flash photography or videography is permitted in the galleries.
- Still photography (no flash) for non-commercial use is permitted.
- Photography may not be permitted in the special exhibition galleries.
- Use of selfie sticks and tripods is also not permitted in the galleries.
- No food and drink (including bottled water) is permitted in the galleries.
- Tickets are only valid on the stipulated date, and for one entry.
- Tickets cannot be refunded, sold or exchanged, and are void if altered.
- Concession tickets are only valid for visitors who meet the concessionary requirements.
Through All SISTIC Channels
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Adult
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Senior (with valid ID)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Student (with valid student pass)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird NSF (with valid 11B card)
[Applicable from 13 Sep 2018 till 27 Sep 2018]
Marlon Fuentes (b.1954) is a Philippine-born, USA-based media artist working in film and photography. He is known for his distinct documentary approach, which successfully blends autoethnography and the historical essay. His works have been exhibited and collected in major museums, such as the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of American Art, MoMA and Guggenheim Museum. A Rockefeller Award recipient, Fuentes has also taught in various universities around the world on topics such as experimental cinema, documentary theory, and photography.