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

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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, which 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. INAATE/SE/ is a playful and wildly intelligent experiment that unsettles colonial narratives, challenges notions of conventional non-fiction cinema, and carves space for contemporary Indigenous identity. -SC


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. -SCREEN SLATE

  • Year
    2016
  • Runtime
    75 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil