INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./]
2016, 70:00 minutes, colour, English and Anishinaabemowin
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. It functions as both historical record and prophecy, and it would be added to and amended as time unfolded. Reclaiming 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.”
-Colin Beckett (Screenslate), Feb 29, 2016
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