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Empty Metal

Adam Khalil (Ojibway/Anishinaabe), Bayley Sweitzer
United States | 2018 | 85 min | English | Dramatic Feature | Canadian Premiere

Fri Oct 19 9:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 4

Co-Presented by:
Cinema Politica Network

A trio of telepathic revolutionaries recruit a punk band from Brooklyn for a mission to avenge the violent deaths of young Black men whose murderers have been able to kill with impunity. Effectively disjointed, Empty Metal does not progress in a linear fashion. It is instead a fragmented series of interwoven narratives set in a world so eerily similar to our own one cannot help but be unsettled by the overt references to mass surveillance, political polarization, and police violence. Filled with frenetic energy, tension and cathartic rage, Empty Metal makes a disturbing distinction between the ‘apocalypse’ and the ‘end of the world’, leaving us wondering which one is nigh, and which one already happened a long, long time ago.


Adam Khalil is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humour, relation, and transgression. Adam's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), DOXA (Vancouver), and Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay)

He was been a Sundance Institute Indigenous Film Opportunity Fellow, a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Bayley Sweitzer is a filmmaker from southern Vermont, currently based in Brooklyn. His practice revolves around a dynamic, high-mobility engagement with the margins; a practice in which techno-formal precision is secondary to heartfelt vigour.