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The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets

Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway), Zack Khalil (Ojibway)
United States | 2017 | 10 min | English | Short Documentary | Canadian Premiere

Sun Oct 21 2:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Part of
Subject/Object

Through their truly revolutionary approach to story in filmmaking, brothers Adam and Zack Khalil (in collaboration with Tlingit artist Jackson Polys) investigate the recent court case that decided the fate of the remains of a prehistoric man. While mainstream media proclaimed that the “Kennewick Man” was proof of Caucasian presence in pre-contact Turtle Island, members of the local Umatilla and other nations sought to bury the “Ancient One,” their beloved ancestor. This riveting and visually arresting work contemplates the deep schism that often lies between Indigenous and Western cosmologies and practises.


Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist whose practice subverts traditional forms of ethnography through humour, relation, and transgression. His work has been exhibited Internationally including UnionDocs, e-flux, Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City) and Spektrum (Berlin).

Zack Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn. His work explores an Indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. His feature film Empty Metal is also screening this year.