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.
Where: Northwest Berlin
When: 30 September 2017
What time: From 15:30 to appr. 17:00
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:
- 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.
- 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.
And if you don’t know the backstory on this: here’s a briefer. The Humboldt Forum is a German state funded multimillion-dollar recreation of a Prussian emperor’s palace. Began in 2013, scheduled for finish in 2019, it will house the multiple thousands of looted and stolen indigenous and other cultural objects from around the world, including human remains.
There has been an on-going protest against the project, especially as reparations for colonial genocide are being met with resistance and apathy by many Germans, and like the “new” airport (did they ever finish it?) has been troubled with internal and external problems. There are those who work with or in association with the Humboldt Forum who agree items were stolen and should be returned, that continue to internally advocate for change, and these conference gives voice to encourage they and others to be more demonstrative in their advocacy.
French art historian Bénédicte Savoy recently quit the project, to the great consternation of the Forum, because of the continued ignoring of unethical procurement Humboldt has the opportunity to correct, but thus far does not. Even in the consultation work on the items and remains, indigenous persons, peoples and tribes are ignored in favor of Eurocentric German opinion.
Director, Red Haircrow will be speaking on and sharing information about stolen sacred items, objects and human remains on 15 October at this conference. 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?” Themes of rethinking Columbus Day, indigenous activism, and contemporary issues. Find more details at their event page.
Aug.24-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.
Synopsis: “The rebellious Ricky is growing up without parents and the child welfare agency places him in a foster home in a remote part of New Zealand with the pragmatic Auntie Bella and her grumpy husband Hec. Ricky feels at home there for the first time ever – but then Auntie Bella dies and Ricky is supposed to go and live with a new foster family. Instead he flees into the bush and has an incredible adventure with Hec, closely pursued by a police manhunt.”
In the third part of its programme, the Pop-Up Cinema is screening the 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, an adventure comedy by Maori director Taika Waititi (whose other film credits include What We Do in the Shadows).
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
D: Taika Waititi
New Zealand 2016, 101 min
English with German subtitles
“Der rebellische Ricky wächst ohne Eltern auf wird und vom Sozialamt im „neuseeländischen Nirgendwo“ bei der pragmatischen Auntie Bella und deren griesgrämigen Ehemann Hec untergebracht. Hier fühlt sich Ricky erstmals in seinem Leben wie zuhause, doch dann stirbt Auntie Bella und Ricky soll einer neuen Pflegefamilie zugewiesen werden. Er flieht in den Busch, und gemeinsam mit Hec erlebt er ein unfassbares Abenteuer, während die Polizei mit einem Großaufgebot nach ihnen sucht.”
Das Pop-Up Cinema von Humboldt Forum und Berlinale NATIVe zeigt in seinem dritten Block die neuseeländische Abenteuer-Filmkomödie Hunt for the Wilderpeople des maorischen Regisseurs Taika Waititi (u.a. 5 Zimmer Küche Sarg) aus dem Jahr 2016.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
R: Taika Waititi
Neuseeland 2016, 101 Min
Englisch mit deutschen Untertiteln
Afterwards, the crew relaxed for casual conversation and coffee at Ahorn Café in the Berlin Kreuzberg area.
The new trailer for “Forget Winnetou!” is here. Deutsch version can be found at this link. This is the longer, explanatory trailer, but we will do a short teaser (50-59s), too. Thank you to all the participants and constructive feedback, and we look forward to sharing the finished documentary with everyone in December!
I’m excited to announce all official filming was completed on 31 July, and project “Forget Winnetou!” has entered post-production stage!
Our funding campaign goal unfortunately wasn’t met here on Indiegogo, but for me, Red Haircrow, this in no way affected my enthusiasm and commitment to finishing the project in a timely way, because I feel it is a critically needed message for NOW. Again, thank you, for the contributions you made.
However, because the campaign goal was not met, former co-director Timo Kiesel decided he could not commit equal time to the project, in favor of other choices. So, the actual documentary film will be directed and produced by me, Red Haircrow. Due to our earlier collaboration, Timo will be listed as associate producer, and will have selective contribution following post-production.
I am pleased to announce the addition of two team members, Johnny Clyde and Viveka Frost. Johnny is Purepecha American, and Viveka has Indigenous Venezuelan roots, both are artists, composers, and filmmakers, part of whose work is listed at IMDb. They are also interviewees for the documentary, who currently reside in Berlin.
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.”
“Reeducating the resistant.”
- Website https://forgetwinnetou.com/
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/forgetwinnetoufilm/
- Twitter https://twitter.com/forgetwinnetou/
- Instagram https://www.instagram.com/forgetwinnetou/
- IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6494700/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Recent promotional interviews:
- March 23, 2017 Ich bin nur dem Nein begegnet in print & online at Der Freitag. In Deutsch. (Interview)
- March 14, 2017 Projekt Forget Winnetou! Gegen Klischees die Ureinwohner at Deutschlandradio Kultur. In Deutsch. (Article & Radio Show) podcast available.
- March 3, 2017 Red Haircrow in print & online at Süddeutsche Zeitung. In Deutsch. (Interview)
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.