Counter-Archive: Filming Your Way Out of the Past—Film Screening & Q&A with Filmmaker Adam Khalil

Native American experimental filmmaker Adam Khalil will screen his and his brothers’ short film The Violence of a Civilisation Without Secrets (2017, 10 min) and discuss their upcoming film (tentatively titled Ancestors in the Archives), which deals with archives and American Indian repatriation rights. Q&A to follow.

A light lunch will be provided.

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 MoMA, Sundance, the Walker Arts Center, e-flux, UnionDocs, Microscope Gallery (New York), and Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City). Khalil is a 2018 Sundance Art of Non Fiction grant recipient, 2018 Sundance Indigenous Initiative Fellow, UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow, and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011, he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.

This event is part of the 2018 Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium, Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence and Social Justice, in which practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence. 

The Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium is co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Ida Beam Visiting Professorships Program, the Provost’s Global Forum International Programs grant, the UI Center for Human Rights, Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, the UI School of Music, UI Libraries-Special Collections, the UI Department of History, and the UI Department of Cinematic Arts.


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