INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./] with Adam and Zack Khalil in person!

April 21st 2017

at the Dikeou Pop-Up [312 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80203]

7:30pm Doors - 8:00pm (not punk time) screening.
$10 or pay what you can. No one turned away.

Q&A after the screening

Facebook Event Page

The trailer can be seen here.


Adam and Zack Khalil’s debut film re-imagines the Seven Fires Prophecy, an Anishinaabe story which both predates and predicts the arrival of Europeans in North America. The story not only foretells their arrival, but urges the Anishinaabe people to begin a great migration westward to avoid them. It goes on to narrativize the devastating consequences of colonization, while also providing direction for the recovery of the Anishinaabe way of life in the future.

To reclaim this narrative from the archives and museums that would confine it to the past, the film transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community on the Michigan/Canadian border. 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.

The filmmakers traverse this varied terrain by an equally varied assortment of methods—interviews, animations, staged fictions, narrated capsule histories, expressionist montage, and détourned museum videos to name just a few. The film is by turns warm with human love and icy with studied hatred; soberly responsible and uproariously perverse; gently didactic and vehemently defiant. Confident in its antagonism without ever lapsing into smug self-regard; formally adventurous but never esoteric, INAATE/SE/ is an inimitable model for what radical documentary in the 21st century might be.


Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil (Ojibway) are filmmakers and artists from Sault Ste. Marie,
Michigan and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Their work subverts traditional forms of
ethnography through humor, transgression, and innovative documentary practice. Their films
and installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, 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