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INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 12:30pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 7:15pm
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INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]

Zack Khalil and Adam Khalil | 
Canada/USA |
 2016 | 
75 minutes

THE MAY 13 SCREENING IS PART OF THE RATED Y SERIES AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION. FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE.

NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED. OPEN TO YOUTH UNDER 18.

PG (Coarse language; drug use)

 

The Seven Fires Prophecy is an ancient Anishinaabeg story that predates, and even predicted the arrival of European settlers. The prophecy acts as the bedrock of Zack and Adam Khalil’s debut feature, a palimpsest of animation, candid interviews, and hallucinatory performances. Set in their ancestral territory of Sault Ste. Marie (that straddles the border between Michigan and Ontario), the film transgresses mainstream convention and linear history to fashion a subversive look at the devastating impact of colonialism. The Ojibwe brothers are masterful video artists at heart, employing a sharp trickster wit when interviewing local museum workers about stolen artifacts. But underneath the jump cuts and buzzy electronic score, there is genuine pain, as evidenced by the stories people tell. A woman remembers being punished for speaking her language while walking on the grounds of a former residential school. A First Nations man talks about losing his brother to a white adoptive family. In a time of government-sponsored truth and reconciliation efforts, it’s important to think long and hard about what decolonization actually looks like. The Khalil brothers’ brazen film offers an entirely new vision. INAATE/SE/ is a playful and wildly intelligent experiment that unsettles colonial narratives, challenges notions of conventional non-fiction cinema, and begins to carve space for contemporary Indigenous identity. -SC

Confident in its antagonism without ever lapsing into smug selfregard; formally adventurous but never esoteric, INAATE/SE/ is an inimitable model for what radical documentary in the 21st century might be. -SCREEN SLATE

Filmmaker

Adam Shingwak Khalil

Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam's work has been exhibited at MoMA, UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay), and Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok (Hungary). Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.

Filmmaker

Zack Khalil

Zack Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. He recently completed a B.A. at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department, and is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar.