A New Teaser!

“Most films concentrate only on Native experience in North America, but there are Natives abroad, and being “loved in the wrong way” in “Indian crazy” Germany has many forms, ranging from laughable to offensive. Yet all are the flip side of the same racist, not-yet-post-colonial coin.”

If you’re interested in screening our film at your university, group or organization, contact us with your offer or ideas.

Crew & Details

Director & Producer Red Haircrow

Editor Red Haircrow

Composer Johnny Clyde

Animation & Graphics Red Haircrow, Natasha John

Technical Support Johnny Clyde, Haven Smith, Viveka Frost

Languages English, German  Subtitles English, German

Filming Locations Various in Germany; Oklahoma, USA; Tennessee, USA; Pennsylvania, USA: Washington, USA.

Length 70 minutes

Genre Documentary

New article at OYA on our film, “Vergesst Winnetou!”

For Deutsch speakers, a new article in OYA magazine by Sönke Bernhardi on cultural appropriation and misuse of Native spirituality by the Left, liberal and “eco-movement” groups. It’s titled “Vergesst Winnetou!” and available also for reading at our German website here.

A short excerpt: “Bald darauf entdeckte ich die Subkultur der Gemeinschaftsbewegung und Ökodörfer – und da war es wieder,
das »indianische Erbe« in Form von Redestabkreisen und
Schwitzhütten inklusive Salbeiräucherung. So aufregend
und wohltuend das alles war, drängten sich mir doch weitere
Fragen auf: Was ist mit den »echten« Indianern? Gibt
es sie noch? Was würden sie wohl zu unseren Schwitzhütten
sagen?”

Updates & A Bit of Life

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.

Photo by Viveka Frost.

Thanks to Everyone! Feb.11-Our Theatrical Premiere at Delphi Theater in Berlin!

Sincere thanks to everyone who came out to our theatrical premiere at the Delphi Theater in Berlin on Sunday! I so appreciate each and every one for taking the time on a rather sleepy Sunday, and also the support and opportunity to share the experiences and observations entrusted to the project from all our participants. For now, I’m taking a little break after weeks of intense editing, and two years work on this project. The full version and other languages are in the works!

Here’s a photo from the Q&A panel that included myself, Johnny Clyde, Viveka Frost and Kendall Old Elk. Special shout-out to Therese Degen for moderating in a great way! We first saw Viveka Frost’s short documentary as part of an upcoming full length film. It’s titled Reclamation. Before going on to “Forget Winnetou!” and a later Q&A after the film. Better dialogue, collaboration, communication. These things.

This was our only schedule screening in Berlin at this point in time. Naturally, we would love to show it other places. If you are interested in a screening at your university, organization, group and so forth, please contact us for your idea or offer.

Logline: “It’s not about Winnetou.”

premiere

“Native Hobbyism is Modern-Day Colonialism”-Our Latest article at CBC, Jan.26th

Red Haircrow was recently invited to write a counter-point essay for CBC, following my participant 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”. The article was published on January 26th, ‘Native Hobbyism’ is Modern Day Colonialism. and specifically discusses how the effects of such practices, especially on Natives living in Germany, are overlooked by both non-natives and natives, which we explore in our own documentary.

“Indigenous North Americans who live abroad often deal with rejection from relatives who only support or recognize those who choose to live in North America. They report negative experiences such as abandonment, disrespect of their heritage and lack of cultural support. This trauma leads to depression, anxiety and frustration because Indigenous living in Europe can’t simply be themselves.”

Red Haircrow’s Interview for #Documentary “Searching for Winnetou” Debuts Jan. 28th

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 that will be published next week at CBC.

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.

Film Premiere on 11 February 2018 at the Historic Delphi Theater in Berlin!

Through hardship and a directing experience Red Haircrow had to complete alone, on 11 February 2018 Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany makes it screen debut 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! Deutsch version is below, and you can read more about film details at its IMDb page.

PROGRAM

16:00-16:30 Welcome & short live performance
16:30-17:00 Introduction to panelists and a Q& A
17:00-17:30 A short Documentary
17:30-18:00 Pause with Music by Johnny Clyde, Photography by Viveka Frost
18:00-19:30 Feature documentary
19:30-20:00+ Meet the team & special visitor

 

“What does a world look like that respects indigenous peoples, that’s working to end racism and colonialism on a global scale?” A part of that is stopping stereotyping, and Native stereotypes are some of the most pervasive and recognized, but most don’t know their origins or the real harm they do.

“Winnetou”, the still popular American Indian character created by German author Karl May in the 19th century is a symbol of Native stereotypes, of lingering racism & colonialism: the self-bestowed privilege of taking and using whatever you want, even living peoples, for self-gratification. Intentional or not, these attitudes and behaviors continue the cycle of genocide, and can be harmful to everyone, no matter their ethnicity.

Most films on similar topics concentrate only on Native experiences in North America, but through discussions with Natives living in or having visited Germany, the correction of Eurocentricized history & insight on German society, we’ll present why these stereotypes and practices must end: in Germany and worldwide. While some may minimize the effect or harm of stereotypes, they are evidence of much deeper societal issues of injustice, inequality and inequity many countries now face.

Germany is a microcosm of struggles taking place across the world both against and for decolonization, for correcting white privilege and supremacy that’s divided and helped destroy our world. Stereotypes were created to keep themselves in power…and others under their control.

The documentary will utilize live-action scenes, interviews and animated sequences illustrating the theme, and provide an unforgettable, educational experience. Native speaking for themselves, representing themselves, and showing the world their variety, complexity and indomitable spirit.

Deutsch

“Wie könnte eine Welt aussehen, die indigene Völker respektiert, die daran arbeitet, Rassismus in einem globalen Rahmen zu ende? Es müsste damit beginnen, die stereotype Wahrnehmung indigener Völker zu beenden; diese ist weit verbreitet und anerkannt, wie kaum eine andere, aber die meisten Menschen kennen weder deren Ursprünge, noch den tatsächlichen Schaden, der durch sie angerichtet wird.”

Karl Mays beliebter Pseudo-Indianer hat die tatsächliche indigene Bevölkerung jahrzehntelang falsch dargestellt und damit einer weit verbreiteten Aneignung und Ausbeutung indigener Kulturen den Weg bereitet. Menschen indigener Herkunft sind willkommen, jedoch eigentlich nur, wenn sie die Klischees erfüllen.

Auch in Nordamerika sind sich viele Menschen indigener Herkunft nicht bewusst, dass die Stilisierung als Maskottchen in Deutschland lediglich die Kehrseite tiefgreifender Probleme ist, die sich als systematischer Rassismus, Polizeigewalt und Ungerechtigkeit gegenüber Minderheiten darstellen, selbst wenn indigene Bilder, Kulturen und sogar Knochen den Europäern als Genugtuung dienen.

Deutschland repräsentiert als Mikrokosmos all die Kämpfe die weltweit sowohl gegen die Dekolonisierung als auch zu ihren Gunsten stattfinden, zu Gunsten einer Abschaffung der Privilegien und der Vormachtstellung der Weißen, die unsere Welt in Lager gespalten und dabei geholfen hat, sie zu zerstören. Stereotype wurden erfunden um den Weißen die Erhalt ihrer Macht zu sichern….und andere unter Kontrolle zu halten.
Es befindet sich derzeit in der Postproduktion und wird Live-Action-Szenen, Interviews und Newsclips mit kurzen animierten Sequenzen kombinieren.

“That’s a Wrap!” Photos from Sept. 30th Finale Scene Shoot in #Berlin


A sincere thank you to everyone who came out to participate and help with filming great scenes that will be included in our film and production extras for the DVD! It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon in Germany, beside the picturesque Tegelsee in Berlin. As I am almost exclusively “behind the camera”, it was nice to finally see myself in photos, which were taken by Viveka Frost and Haven Smith, who are part of our team.

Call For a “Special Message Scene” Participants!

Where: Northwest Berlin

When: 30 September 2017

What time: From 15:30 to appr. 17:00


Greetings!

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming documentary film.  We are fully in post-production and editing is progressing well. As planned, we are on schedule for an early December 2017 general release but…

On Saturday, 30 September, we will shoot a special scene in which those interested can be a part. It will be a crowd scene of participants walking and interacting on location.


In this scene:

  1. We illustrate that indigenous and Native people here in Germany or that wherever they are in the world, they may not and do not have to fit European expectations or created stereotypes.
  2. We illustrate Natives and non-Natives can and do live and work together, and it does not need and should not be a situation of imbalance, of power and control, especially considering colonial history and the continuing practices of native mascots, misrepresentation, cultural appropriation and so forth.

Our small but dedicated team will be on location at 14:30 and we will begin as soon as those who signed-up have gathered. In order to participate, due to EU law, we will need you to sign a short waiver that you agree for your image to be used in our film. Each participant or family group will receive either a film postcard or sticker in appreciation for their participation, as long as supplies last.

30 September is supposed to be a sunny and mild afternoon, but please take note weather conditions may change. It is directly next to a lake, so dress appropriately. We are not responsible for child or animal care for this event, so please be aware of the surroundings.

Please use the contact form below to sign-up. We will add your email address to our list, and provide everyone with more information about location, and directions for the scene.