Directed by Marlon Fuentes • Documentary • With Marlon Fuentes • 1995 • 57 minutes
Drawing on the Smithsonian’s archive of the “living exhibits” of Phillipinos at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the only film from Marlon Fuentes nests a narrative of discovering family lore, ethnography of the Bontoc people, and stylized enactments in a far-reaching inquiry into historical erasure.
"Marlon Fuentes’s only feature to date, from 1995, belongs to a genre unto itself—the personal mockumentary. Fuentes brilliantly combines a wide array of authentic archival footage (including of the fair) with faux-documentary scenes depicting Markod’s travels, his American captivity, and his struggle to escape. With voice-over narration and his own on-camera presence, Fuentes dramatizes the ongoing effects of colonialism, from generation to generation and in the culture at large, and links the breakdown of family history to the whitewashing of history; his canny and visionary corrective sets the stage for change." —Richard Brody, The New Yorker