Zack Khalil is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His work centers indigenous narratives in the present — and looks towards the future — through the use of innovative nonfiction forms. His films and installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Arts Center, and the Sundance Film Festival among other institutions.
In the sterile storage of museums and archives our ancestor’s remains struggle to find their way home. The film follows eleven indigenous repatriation specialist that make up MACPRA (Michigan Anishinaabek Cultural Preservation & Repatriation Alliance) fighting to rebury and return ancestors from settler-colonial libraries, archives, and museums. Through an essayistic approach the film lays bare the history of indigenous collections, the laws passed to ensure return of human remains and funerary objects, and vérité portraits of the righteous and courageous individuals doing the hard and emotionally draining work of bringing our ancestors back home.