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.
“What does a world that respects Indigenous peoples look like, that’s working towards ending racism, colonialism, and other intersecting oppression on a global scale?” -Andrea Marcos
Most films about Native Americans focus exclusively on Native experience in North America, however stereotypes of the original peoples of Turtle Island have spread around the world even as more Natives are living or working abroad. And Germany has one of the most notorious and beloved, sometimes fiercely defended symbol named “Winnetou”, a stereotypical American Indian created by German author Karl May in the late 19th century.
Decades later, despite its inherent racism and colonial nature, the heavily Eurocentrized fictional native and his pseudo Apache tribe are still recreated in films spreading misinformation to new generations. Although surely not the intention, it is still culturally abusive practices that deliberately ignore Natives and others who object, and minimize and/or dismiss multiple research studies on the harm of such behaviors to everyone in society. This must end.
“Just because it’s fiction, doesn’t mean it’s harmless.”
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.”
Karnevalskostüme, Kindheitsspiele, Bücher in Millionenauflage seit Generationen: Kolonialrassistische Imaginationen mit Kultstatus wie jene rund um den fiktionalen Charakter Winnetou von Karl May prägen unser verzerrtes Bild indigener nordamerikanischer Kulturen und Geschichten. Gemeinsam mit dem Autor, Filmemacher und psychologischen Berater Red Haircrow und mit Timo Kiesel, Filmemacher („White Charity“ 2011) und Mitglied bei glokal e.V. wollen wir diskutieren, wie fremd- und selbstbestimmte Repräsentation von indigenous people und First Nations in Deutschland und den Amerikas mit der materiellen Realität sozialer Ungleichheit und mit indigenen Kämpfen um Souveränität, environmental justice und Überleben verwoben ist. Der Workshop ist zweisprachig. Der Ort ist ebenerdig zugänglich.”
Director 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.”
ABSTRACT: “While many people express growing boredom with Hollywood and other western film studios producing sub-standard, unoriginal movies or rebooting television series or films of the past, the Native indie film industry is booming. Despite the low ebb of unique productions to which even Hollywood admits, scripts by people of color, including Natives, continue to be rejected and ignored primarily because they don’t fit the stereotypical material usually churned out about them by others.
Thus, more Native filmmakers today than ever before are writing, filming and sharing their own work, by Natives for everyone, representing and presenting themselves and their stories, whether fiction or non-fiction. More Native artists and filmmakers are collaborating and coming together in events, such as the Indigenous Comic-Con whose inaugural celebration took place in November 2016, to encourage and promote each other. It is also open to the public, and all are welcome.
Discussion will include why films about Natives made by Natives so important; what the issues and benefits are both for Native individuals, nations and communities, and non-Natives; and the intersectionality of native films with social justice, activism and sovereignty. Material will include visual examples of contemporary native films, filmmakers, production companies and organizations, such as A Tribe Called Geek that (among many other things) reports on, encourages and promotes contemporary artists and filmmakers.”
Contact about program & registration:
Svetlana Seibel, M.A.
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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?
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