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

  • Dikeou Pop-Up Colfax, 312 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 United States (map)

The Dikeou Collection is pleased to welcome Collective Misnomer as they present INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./] with Adam and Zack Khalil IN PERSON. This debut film re-imagines the Seven Fires Prophecy, an Anishinaabe story which both predates and predicts the arrival of Europeans in North America. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and will take place on Friday, April 21 at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 E Colfax Ave. Doors open at 7:30 pm. This event is open to the public.

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), andCarnival 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.

INAATE/SE/ not only foretells Europeans' arrival to North America, but also 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.

Collective Misnomer is an artist run project focused on exhibiting contemporary time-based art (sound, video, performance) in Denver, Colorado. For more information visit their website.