Jáaji Approx. (Short) / INAATE/SE/ [it Shines A Certain Way. To A Certain Place./it Flies. Falls./] (Feature)
DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 8 min. / Native Film
Directed by Sky Hopinka
SYNOPSIS: Audio recordings of the filmaker's father are juxtaposed with videos gathered of the landscapes the two separately traversed, question the relationships between between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song. Jáaji is a near translation for directly addressing a father in the Hočak language.
INAATE/SE/ [it Shines A Certain Way. To A Certain Place./it Flies. Falls./]
DOCUMENTARY / Runtime: 68 min. / Native Film
Directed by Zack Khalil, Adam Khalil
SYNOPSIS: History is written by the victors, but this film reminds us that the history of the oppressed can still be saved from being extinguished. Native American video artists Adam and Zack Khalil reclaim the narrative of the Ojibway of Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, from the archives and museums that would confine it to the past. Using personal interviews, animated drawings, performance, and provocative intercutting, the Khalil brothers’ feature debut makes a bold case for the Ojibway people to be their own storytellers—while seeking a cure for the damage inflicted by colonization—in a spiritual reconnection with tradition.