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Lecture by Filmmaker Adam Khalil

Lecture by Filmmaker Adam Khalil

Date and Time

Monday, October 16, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


  • 132 Lake Huron Hall, GVSU Allendale Campus


This lecture will focus on the Khalil's approach to research and collaborative creative process and will include selected excerpts from their films.


Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s 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 to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 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.

Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam's work has been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay), and Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok (Hungary). Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.


Adam collaborates with his brother Zack Khalil, whose work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. Together they produced  INAATE/SE/ which has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the Walker Contemporary Arts Center (MN). The programs in Grand Rapids are part of a Midwest tour that began with a screening in their hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. Other recent projects include a short video commission for the Contour Biennale  The brothers are in final production on their narrative film EMPTY METAL.  


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