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Beijing Taxi and Bontoc Eulogy

Friday, January 20, 2012–Saturday, March 03, 2012

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Beijing Taxi, Miao Wang

Beijing Taxi is a portrait of China ’s ancient capital as it undergoes a profound transformation. The film takes an intimate and compelling look at the lives of three cab drivers as they confront modern issues and changing values against the backdrop of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Through their daily struggles, infused with humor and quiet determination, Beijing Taxi reveals the complexity and contradictions of China ’s shifting paradigm.

Bontoc Eulogy, Marlon E. Fuentes

This docudrama examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World ’s Fair, focusing on the filmmaker ’s grandfather, an Igorot warrior—one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological “specimens” in the notorious Philippine Village exhibit. A unique fusion of rare archival images and carefully orchestrated visual sequences shot in the present, Bontoc Eulogy is an original and innovative investigation of memory and the spectacle of the “Other” in turn-of-the-century America.

Beijing Taxi and Bontoc Eulogy is presented concurrently with Global Cities, Model Worlds
and The World Finder.


Exhibition Checklist

Miao Wang

Beijing Taxi, 2010
Video, 78:00 min.
Courtesy the artist

Marlon E. Fuentes

Bontoc Eulogy, 1995
Video, 60:00 min.


Beijing Taxi and Bontoc Eulogy is supported by the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


Miao Wang HeadshotMiao Wang (b. 1977) is a filmmaker based in New York, currently splitting her time between New York and her hometown of Beijing. Born in Beijing just after the Cultural Revolution, she grew up with the last remnants of a pre-modernized Communist China. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1990. She has worked as an assistant at Maysles Films, and has edited a feature-length PBS documentary and programs for National Geographic. In documentary filmmaking, Miao has found the outlet to not only fully engage every aspect of her multi-faceted interests and talents, but also a platform to observe and explore what truly touches her heart—the human condition. Her mission is to make poetic and cinematic documentaries that build human connections and reflect on the universalities of the human condition. Miao has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and a MFA in design and film from the Parsons School of Design.

Marlon Fuentes (b. 1954, Manila) is a Philippine-born filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist whose work has been shown in more than 60 individual and group exhibitions over the last 20 years. He is represented in collections such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; the National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. His work has received numerous awards from international film festivals and has been shown in museums, including the Netherlands Filmmuseum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. His work was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.