April 24, 2020
INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./] re-imagines an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through generations in the filmmakers’ Indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With acute geographic specificity and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary Indigenous identity.

Filmmakers Adam and Zack Khalil act as radical storytellers, using a multiplicity of styles and voices to create a dynamic feature-length film that reclaims an important chapter of Ojibway history while confronting the damage caused by colonization. The screening is followed by a conversation with Adam and Zack.

Adam Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Khalil’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, Walker Arts Center, Lincoln Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other institutions. Khalil is the recipient of various fellowships and grants, including but not limited to: Sundance Art of Nonfiction, Sundance Institute Indigenous Film Opportunity Fellowship, UnionDocs Collaborative Fellowship, and Gates Millennium Scholarship.

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 was a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar.

This is the ninth event in our year-long season dedicated to the questions posed by the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha and how they address art, culture, and society today.

A screening of INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./] and conversation with Adam and Zack Khalil
6:30 pm
Free

Still from INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./], 2018
Still from INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./], 2018