Updated 9 AUGUST 2018
We were so pleased to be selected for the Indigenous Film Festival 2018, where our documentary screened on August 2nd at Billy Mills Hall on Pine Ridge. We hoped it simulated some good conversations, and I consider us lucky to be included next to so many wonderful Native films, animations and music videos.
Call for Submissions-In cooperation with xart splitta, we want to help showcase Native American & Indigenous films in Berlin, Germany through Fall/Winter 2018. Themes will include women, GLBTIIQ interest & contemporary realities and futurisms. All details are on site, if filmmakers or artists have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us.
July 5, 2018- Two of director Red Haircrow’s poems are part of the new anthology in Neue Rundschau, ““Geschichte Schreiben” or “Writing History”, publishing by S. Fischer Verlag. It’s launch event will be part of the symposium: “Symposium- New Perspectives on Memory(ies).Narratives.Future”. More information and registration details are available at the Xartsplitta website. All information is in English or Deutsch. Facebook event page.
Synopsis: “Hegemonic historiographies – such as those about colonialism – are increasingly beginning to falter, are being rewritten and reperspectived. However, this does not happen by itself, but is also driven by the year-long struggles of activists, such as initiatives of Black people and other People of Colour. How can history be told differently? Is historical injustice comparable? Can history not also be decentered and complex?”
Pleased to announce our 2018 documentary trailer won a best-in-category award at the Buddha Film Festival (June 9-10, 2018) in Pune, Maharashtra, India, rated as one of the top 100 best reviewed on Film Freeway. All results are viewable at their website.
Pleased to announce our small part in the upcoming new exhibition on race at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden, Germany. Some of our film footage will be part of a critically needed discussion on the origins of the race myth, and the subsequent creation and uses of stereotypes within the white supremacist power structures and institutional racism that is standard operating procedure for European run countries, (descendants or directly) wherever they are in the world. Facebook event.
The exhibition will be available to the public, 19 May 2018- 6 January 2019.
If you’re interested in screening our film at your university, group or organization, etc., contact us with your offer or ideas.
Pleased to announce our film was officially selected for the First Nations Film and Video Festival, May 1-10, 2018, so our North American debut will take place in Chicago, IL, USA! You can view their Facebook event page or visit their website: http://www.fnfvf.org/.
For Deutsch speakers, a new article in OYA magazine by Sönke Bernhardi on cultural appropriation and misuse of Native spirituality in the Left, Liberal and “eco-movement” groups. It’s titled “Vergesst Winnetou!” and available also for reading at our German website here.
Updates! Making a documentary of this type is an emotionally and physically exhausting experience, especially in that as an indigenous or POC, you are still having to deal with racism, discrimination and #colonialism2018 on a daily basis. It is both a professional and very personal experience (a necessary one, I felt), but which takes its toll to your health, finances, everything. A lot of sacrifices are involved, and in being in Germany, also the reality of being away from your family. In my case, I’ve not seen most of my family in 7 years.
Since before the premiere on Feb.11th, I’ve been under doctor’s orders to totally rest. But of course, life, circumstances and society just doesn’t allow that, so I am having to be very limited in how I use energy and time. Here are some updates & infos:
1) There will be further screenings available in the future, and we will share the events as soon as they are confirmed.
2) A screening copy of “Forget Winnetou!” will be available in April. Both will have the same English and German audio, with one version available in English subtitles, and one in German subtitles. If you are interested in screening our film at your university, group, etc., please contact us through our website form with queries: contact.
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday, Feb.11th, to the theatrical premiere of “Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany” at the historic Delphi Theater in Berlin Weißensee. I really appreciate the support and opportunity to share the experiences and observations entrusted to the project from all our participants. The full version and other languages are in the works!
Director Red Haircrow was recently invited to write a counter-point essay for CBC, following participation in the CBC.Docs documentary that premiered Jan.28th on Canadian television. Last July in Berlin, Red sat down with indigenous writer Drew Hayden Taylor on his search to understand why so many Germans choose to appropriate native cultures and/or dressing up and pretending to be “Indians”. You can read Red’s article at this link.
Director Red Haircrow appears in the trailer and documentary debuting on Jan. 28th on CBC Docs. It follows Drew Hayden Taylor’s “search” in Germany on the “why” of hobbyism. He was also invited to write a counter-point essay was published on Jan.26th at CBC. Native” Hobbyism is Modern Day Colonialism.
Our film, which is the “flip side”, on natives living Germany, the repercussions and realities of how appropriation and Native stereotypes heavily affects their life, etc. very different from occasional visitors or contract performers, debuts on Feb. 11th. Forget Winnetou- A Documentary Film at the Delphi Theater in Berlin.
On 11 February 2018, our film will make its premiere at the Historic Delphi Theater in Berlin! Advanced tickets are now available through the Delphi’s website, and we would love to see you there! You can read more about film details at its IMDb page or its Facebook event page.
“That’s a wrap!” Our crew filmed a finale scene for the documentary this past Saturday, 30 September at Tegelsee in Berlin. See our news page for more photos of the terrific shoot. Thanks to everyone who volunteered!
On 15 October, director Red Haircrow will join many other notable speakers, historians and activists in speaking on stolen sacred items, objects and human remains at the Prussian Colonial Heritage conference, all relating to the Humboldt Forum. Learn more about the event and other details at the Facebook page.
On 12 Oct. Red will be giving a workshop at the Brebit event “Fachtag ‘Entwicklungshilfe’ oder Reparationen?” Many speakers will discuss the theme of rethinking Columbus Day, repatriation and reparations. Find more details at their event page.
24 Aug 2017-Director Red Haircrow will be part of a Pop-Up Cinema #10 Q&A with audiences, along with Jason Ryle from imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Event in association with Berlinale NATIVe and Humboldt Forum. Free admission to see this terrific drama-comedy “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” directed by Taika Waititi.
9 Aug 2017-Director Red Haircrow was interviewed by Ojibwe playwright, author & filmmaker Drew Hayden Taylor on his upcoming documentary on the Winnetou phenomenon, which releases in Canada on 7 January 2018. Learn more about the prolific indigenous Canadian writer who grew up on the Curve Lake reserve.
Published 6 August 2017: Our newest trailer! Please click the link “Trailers” in the left sidebar.
Deutsch version can be found at this link.
Pleased to announce our Forget Winnetou- A Documentary Film trailer selected for screening at Avanca Film Festival, 26-30 July 2017!
To view our first official trailer, you can do so here.
A podcast is available of the presentation on the evening of 15 June 2017, at the Office of Social Science at Humboldt University in Berlin. Red Haircrow discusses stereotypes and misrepresentation of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples in film and other media. Thank you again to Decolonial AG for the opportunity!
15 June 2017- Directors Red Haircrow & Timo Kiesel will be at Institut für Sozialwissenschaften at Humboldt University in Berlin, to present “Representation Matters: Decolonizing Indigeneity”. Forget Winnetou.
For more information, please visit its Facebook event page, details in Deutsch and English. The presentation will be in both languages as well.
“Headdresses at carnival, childhood games, books sold by the millions for generations: iconic colonial racist imagery such as Karl May’s fictional character Winnetou keeps shaping our distorted images of indigenous North American cultures and histories. Together with author, film maker and psychological counselor Red Haircrow and with Timo Kiesel, film maker (“White Charity” 2011) and member of glokal e.V. we will discuss how representation of indigenous people and First Nations in the Americas and Germany are entangled with the material reality of social inequality and indigenous struggles for sovereignty, environmental justice and survival. The event is bilingual and located on ground level.”
2 June 2017– Red Haircrow will give a presentation at the “Indigenous Popular Culture Conference” at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. The conference is titled; “A Long Time Ago on a Reservation Far, Far Away: Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture across the Globe.”
Contact about program & registration:
Svetlana Seibel, M.A.
Great interview by Timo Kiesel with Jen Osborne. The Canadian photographer who, among other topics, researched and documented “Indian hobbyism” in Germany and other European countries for several years. Check out her award-winning journalistic work which has taken her around the world, following stories and people with a unique perspective and aim. http://www.jenosbornestudio.com/?/photos/
Upcoming & Recent Participants
- Prof. Dr. Harmut Lutz, German author on the “Indianthusiasm” phenomenon, and professor at University of Szczecin.
- Dr. Frank Usbeck, German author and in Leipzig.
- Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, of Middle Eastern descent and German citizen, author, feminist, activist on cultural appropriation, anti-racism & more.
- Donna Fann-Boyle, Native activist, mother and long-time campaigner against native mascots, seen in the documentary, The R-Word. See their trailer here.
Recent articles and interviews about our documentary
and featuring interviews by Red Haircrow, can be found at the links below, and also in print edition. Both are in Deutsch.
March 23rd at Der Freitag- „Ich bin nur dem Nein begegnet“ by Matthias Dell
March 3rd at Süddeutsche Zeitung- Glaubensbekenntnis Red Haircrow by Ronen Steinke
At Deutschlandradio Kultur (Podcast)
Director Red Haircrow was in studio at Deutschlandradio Kultur‘s radio show “Kompressor” talking about our documentary and crowdfunding campaign, and the continuing rise of indigenous resistance, which was sparked by the Standing Rock camps against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Online article in Deutsch, and available as a podcast in the same. The English version of the podcast can be found at the end of the article.
Why our documentary & information is even more important and timely! Colonialism & racism is a killing and crippling disease and stereotypes and objectification are symptoms. Article by Red Haircrow regarding the Karl May Museum’s curator, Robin Leipold, February 21, 2017 “case study” release on the Native American human remains they continue to refuse to respectfully repatriate. German author Karl May created the pseudo-American Indian character/symbol “Winnetou.” Please read Leipold’s article, which many informed on decolonization have criticized for it’s inherent white privilege and supremacist assumptions and stance.
Our crowdfunding campaign continues, please help us reach our goal! Timo & Red have been researching and working on this project for years, completely out of pocket, and are trying to finish up the documentary. Visit out IndieGoGo campaign link or if you’d rather contribute via a German bank account transfer, please contact us via the template form accessible through the left hand menu.
We’re pleased to have Johnnie Jae as an interviewee! Speaking on Native #Stereotypes, the effects on all concerned, sure, but mostly on what Natives are doing now. What’s going on? How do Natives respond to continued misrepresentation? Why is decolonization so important?
“Johnnie Jae is of the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw tribes of Oklahoma, the founder of A Tribe Called Geek, managing partner of Native Max Magazine , and contributor to Native News Online. She is the manager and producer for the Success Native Style Radio Network. She is also a founding board member of Not Your Mascots and Live Indigenous OK.”
Description and her podcast interview on NextGen Natives.
7 January 2017-NEW! Our interview teaser featuring three participants sharing experiences they can never forget.
10 Dec 2016-Director Red Haircrow’s comments on Dakota Access Pipelines & lack of media coverage by mainstream media included in AlJazeera English’s news program, The Listening Post.
19 Nov 2016-Director Red Haircrow’s interview on the radio program The Voices at Reboot.fm: on Standing Rock, Native American women’s strength, native rights and upcoming documentary project “Forget Winnetou!” Also featuring contemporary native music by Frank Waln, Nataanii Means, N’we Jinan and more.
20 Oct 2016-Introducing new team member: Natasha John, designer and photographer!
My name is Natasha John, designer and photographer. I’m from the Navajo Nation, born for the Mexican Clan in Shiprock, New Mexico, but Arizona is home. Since youth, I’ve always been surrounded by design and art. My father was a construction worker and my mother studied art history. From this upbringing I was able to see both sides of the creative spectrum: the technical and the artistic. My father, often lacking a babysitter, would sneak me onto construction sites and my mother would share her art books with me. Ultimately, this lead me to where I am today. I now spend half my year in Berlin, Germany working as Freelance Designer and the other half with my family in Phoenix, AZ, re-embracing and re-learning my roots through photography.
28 July 2016- Our 1st teaser is now available for viewing!
18 July 2016-1st day of filming complete!