Brooklyn-based filmmakers Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil explore contemporary indigenous identity in their first feature film to premiere at Doc Fortnight 2016, The Museum of Modern Art’s 15th annual nonfiction film festival, on Feb. 29. With irreverent flair and a critical eye, INAATE/SE/ [it shines? a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./], makes a bold case for the Ojibway people to be their own storytellers—while seeking a cure for the damage inflicted by colonization. The film will be featured at the closing of the festival.
Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s new film 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 and explores what the tribe’s prophecy means for different generations. With acute geographic specificity rooted in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and a grand historical scope, the film rides the line between the sacred and the profane, in order to pry open contemporary indigenous identity.
Pills Monday, February 29, 7:30 p.m. T1, Titus Theater 1, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY, 10019
Tickets and information at http://www.moma.org/calendar/
About the filmmakers
Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil, both Ojibway, are filmmakers and artists from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and are currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Their work subverts traditional forms of ethnography through the exploration of alternative histories and innovative documentary practice. Their films and installations have been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), and Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay). They both graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College and are UnionDocs Collaborative Fellows and Gates Millennium Scholars.