Interviewed for “Ich bin kein Kostum!” #CulturalAppropriation #Racism & #Discrimination in #Germany – Airing 13 Feb on #3Sat

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Airing 13 February 2021 at 19:20, “Ich bin kein Kostüm!” a documentary by Karsen Gravert, ZDF and Tobias Winkler / Kobalt Productions. I was interviewed along with other educators and specialists on the topics of cultural appropriation, discrimination and the real effects of racism, privilege and apathy in Germany. Will it be a hardline based on our commentary or another apologist or “There’s good people on both sides” type of production? We’ll see.

“Sollten sich weiße Schauspieler das Gesicht schwarz schminken? Sollte man Dreadlocks tragen? Sollte man sich beim Fasching mit “Indianer”-Federn schmücken? Nein, sagen Vertreterinnen und Vertreter ethnischer Minderheiten. Karsten Gravert lässt in der 3satKulturdoku “Ich bin kein Kostüm! Die Debatte um kulturelle Aneignung”, am Samstag, 13. Februar 2021, 19.20 Uhr, in Erstausstrahlung in 3sat, alle Seiten dieser Diskussion zu Wort kommen.

Die deutsche Liebe zur Indianerverkleidung reproduziere rassistische Stereotype, sagt der Native American Dokumentarfilmer Red Haircrow. Auch wenn es aus Bewunderung heraus geschehe – ob bei den Karl-May-Spielen oder beim Karneval. Alexander Klaws meint: “Wenn sich mein Sohn als Indianer verkleidet, dann macht er das, weil er das toll findet. Ich möchte mich verkleiden, eine Feder tragen und diese Welt, diese Kultur damit ehren. Wie soll ich bitte meinem Sohn erklären, dass er das nicht darf?”


ENGLISH

“Should white actors put black makeup on their faces? Should people wear dreadlocks? Should people adorn themselves with “Indian” feathers at carnival? No, say representatives of ethnic minorities. In the 3sat cultural documentary “Ich bin kein Kostüm! Die Debatte um kulturelle Aneignung”, on Saturday, February 13, 2021, 7:20 p.m., first broadcast on 3sat, all sides of this discussion have their say.

The German love of Indian dress reproduces racist stereotypes, says Native American documentary filmmaker Red Haircrow. Even if it’s out of admiration, he says – whether at the Karl May plays or at carnival. Alexander Klaws says, “When my son dresses up as an Indian, he does it because he thinks it’s great. I want to dress up, wear a feather and honor this world, this culture with it. How am I supposed to explain to my son that he’s not allowed to do that?”

DO YOUR JOB TO NOT PERPETUATE RACISM AND EUROCENTRISM, AND TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHER CULTURES AND PEOPLES! It’s NOT HARD.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCTION HERE.

Beyond the White/Black Binary of #Racism: #Documentary screening/Q&A on “Forget Winnetou!” -Feb.27th

Join me and a special guest on 27 February 2021, for an online screening & discussion of the documentary, “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way”. View trailers and other videos at VIMEO.

This event is part of a series by Exil – Osnabrücker Zentrum für Flüchtlinge e.V., titled “Schwartz ist der Ozean”. It starts 15 February and lasts through 6 March 2021. The intersectional themes range from anti-colonialism, decolonization, racism & immigration, with the main goals of increasing knowledge, understanding and desire for people’s of all backgrounds to work together to end hatred, intolerance and apathy worldwide.

The binary of white/black is often the sole focus in Germany, and Natives are too often left out of discussions on racism, repatriation & erasure. This ignores how stereotypes, discrimination & Eurocentrism heavily effect Indigenous peoples, too, especially those who don’t look like the Euro-created stereotype.

This event will take place in cooperation with Volkshochschule der Stadt Osnabrück as Corona restrictions allow. Entry is FREE. Register online at FACEBOOK or by phone through the VHS.


Details

Online Event
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7 PM UTC+01 – 9 PM UTC+01
Price: Free · Duration: 2 hr
Public Anyone on or off Facebook
Eine Filmvorführung mit anschließendem Gespräch mit dem Regisseur des Films Red Haircrow

Karl Mays beliebter Pseudo-Indianer Winnetou 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 in Deutschland willkommen, jedoch nur, wenn sie die von „Winnetou“ geprägten Klischees erfüllen. Der Film „Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way“ behandelt die Wurzeln von Rassismus, Kolonialismus und kultureller Aneignung in Deutschland von einer selten beachteten Perspektive: die der Native Americans, die von den Deutschen angeblich so geliebt werden.

Red Haircrow ist Schriftsteller, Pädagoge, Filmemacher und Psychologe von Chiricahua-Apache, Cherokee und afroamerikanischer Herkunft. Er hat einen Bachelor in Psychologie und einen Master in Native American Studies von der Montana State University Bozeman.

#Documentary Now Available at #Vtape, Canada’s Leading Artist-Run Not-for-profit Distributor

Request a copy of “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” for your university, organization or screening event today!

Summary: “The same mentality that ignores indigenous rights to self-representation are often those who also stereotype and gaslight GLBTIIQ people, women, the disabled or economically challenged, especially people of color just for desiring change and equality. It is basically saying, “My gratification is more important than your dignity, your rights or even your life.” This is a main facet of rape culture. It is intersecting oppression.

Most films about Natives concentrate on European narratives or indigenous experience in North America but there are Natives abroad and being “loved in the wrong way” in “Indian crazy” Germany has many forms. 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. We explore the roots of racism, colonialism, and appropriation in Germany from a rarely considered perspective: the Native American stereotype they claim to adore.”

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#Radio #Podcast- 8 Dec on Reboot.fm: Que Kenny, Rachel O’Reilly & Red Haircrow on #Colonialism #Fracking

Description from Reboot.fm website.

“INFRACTIONS is an artistic feature documentary in dialogue with frontline Indigenous cultural workers’ struggles against threats to more than 50% of Australia’s Northern Territory from shale gas fracking. It was commissioned by the KW Production Series.
Don’t Frack the NT features a discussion in Berlin with one of the film’s protagonists Que Kenny, with Red Haircrow, and the director, Rachel O’Reilly.

Que Kenny is a Western Arrarnta woman, community support worker and activist from Ntaria (Hermannsburg), 130km west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, also studying law at Deakin University, Melbourne. She has been involved in grassroots campaigns against the Northern Territory Emergency Response (‘The Intervention’) since 2007, and against Northern Territory gas fracking with the Protect Country Alliance.

Red Haircrow is an award-winning writer, educator, psychologist and filmmaker of Native (Chiricahua Apache/Cherokee) and African American heritage. They have an MA in Native American Studies, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and counsel selectively. Special focus of Haircrow’s work includes Native/Indigenous and BIPOC inter-generational historic trauma, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, GLBTIIQ needs and suicide prevention. https://redhaircrow.com/

Rachel O’Reilly is an artist, critic, curator and PhD researcher at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Research Architecture, and theory seminar leader at the Dutch Art Institute. Her artistic work and research have been presented internationally, most recently at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; E-flux, New York; and UNSW Galleries, Sydney. She co-wrote On Neutrality with Jelena Vesic and Vlidi Jeric, and publishes with Danny Butt on artistic autonomy in settler colonial space. She lives in Berlin.

More info on context and campaigns:

https://www.protectcountrynt.org.au/

Gastivists Home

First Nations on the frontline work hard to protect culture through art and music.
From Infractions, see:

The Sandridge Band, played on RebootFM, also on iTunes:
https://mobile.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/The-Sandridge-Band-333448726671790/?_rdc=1&_rdr

Dimakarri Dixon, debut album:
https://m.facebook.com/events/fortyfivedownstairs/standing-strong-album-launch/719203481874800/?_rdc=2&_r

 

 

 

21 Nov. #Documentary #Screening & Discussion in #Berlin with Xart Splitta & Guest – Karin Louise Hermes

  • Where –  Xart Splitta, Hasanheide 73, 10967 Berlin
  • Time – 7pm-10pm
  • Language– German & English (film & discussion)
  • Cost – Donations accepted
  • Facebook Event page

November is Native American Heritage Month, a national holiday in the USA. But there and here in Germany, the dehumanization and objectification of Indigenous peoples, and the minimization or erasure of historical acts and issues continues. Colonial behaviors and practices that are connected to the most serious, even life threatening problems humanity now faces.

Germany is well known for its cultural appropriation and ideation of American Indians. Misinformation, stereotypes and Eurocentric narratives are widespread. “Playing Indian” as a costume or a lifestyle has been normalized for generations, largely with the help or excuse of Karl May’s work.

Whether one agrees with such practices or not, most don’t recognize it for what it is: #Colonialism2019 and Systemic Racism. Why are Native and Indigenous issues too often left out of conversations on racism in Germany? Why do so many people, even anti-racism or social justice activists continue to tokenize/primitize Indigenous peoples and/or leave them out of conversations on how to survive and create a better world for all peoples?

What truly is intersectional activism and why is it critically important for Indigenous peoples, the history of their treatment and contemporary reality to take stage alongside any and every other action on anti-colonialism, anti-racism and climate crisis? What can you do? What should you do? How can we work together?

We’re going to talk about it on 21 November!


Meet our guest:

Karin Louise Hermes is a Filipina-German academic based in Berlin, Germany. Karin has participated in, organized and reported on many inter-sectional political issues at climate crisis conferences, during direct actions and demonstrations and other endeavors on Indigenous self-representation, ending racism and colonialism. She holds a MA in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawai’i, and is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Humboldt-Universität Berlin. One of her articles, “Why I protest“.

We’re a Finalist in the 2019 Overcome Film Festival! #Indigenous #Documentary #Films

Pleased to share our documentary has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Overcome Film Festival. It’s especially amazing in that this is my first feature length documentary, as I’d described myself only as a slightly advanced beginner. It speaks to the intersectionality and importance of the topic, the strength and sincerity of the participants (see this here), and justifies the hard painful work so many of us put into the project, refusing to give up.

More about the festival, and head to their site to check out their partners and the many great causes they support:

“The 2019 Overcome Film Festival is the international event for all storytellers, filmmakers, and artists to tell the world their stories of survival and triumph over adversity. The 2019 official program will include Features and Short films in the categories of live-action, animation, narrative, non-narrative, experimental, and audiovisual poetry with 27 Award categories.

The Overcome Film Festival especially encourages and welcomes the entries of filmmakers all over the world who want to share their experiences in overcoming adversity or any other factor that has contributed to their growth as a person and motivated them to celebrate their existence. It is the focus of the film festival to give survivors a voice and a venue to share their life experiences and provide hope to others regardless of where they come from in the world.”

Clip from our new #documentary project “ALMOST”

A short clip from current #documentary project in production, Almost, on the intersection of realities, identities and Indigeneity, and the concept of being enough, no matter what or who you are. Following the lives of four people on Asperger’s Syndrome, sexuality, gender and the effects of stigma and prejudice. It is currently in production, and will combine unique animated storytelling and live scenes to inspire hope and courage in these challenging times. Website.

Description:

“Almost normal. Almost acceptable. Almost indigenous.

Half, a quarter, a fraction, a piece.
Gender, sexuality, ethnicity, cognitive or physical dis-/abilities.
Toxic beliefs, ableist and racist structures in society continue to harm.

Some are embracing their differences in order to heal…and they’re connecting.”


  • Directed by Red Haircrow
  • Animations by Neda Ahmadi
  • Music by Johnny Clyde
  • Intro photo by Viveka Frost
  • Featuring Manuel Ricardo Garcia

 

2 #Documentary Screening Events Upcoming in Athens, Greece and Lisbon, Portugal

Pleased to announce our film has been officially selected to screen at the Balkan Can Kino & Film Festival in Athens, Greece. The event takes place between 4-12 October, 2019. More details about the event and group from their website:

“Balkan Can Kino is a collectively run cinema, lab & film festival, founded by film professionals in 2017 in Athens and hosted on the ground floor of Communitism. Film programming focuses on alternative approaches to cinema and audiovisual art in order to showcase diversity. At the same time, it offers film education with the organization of workshops, discussions and lectures, at low cost or completely free of charge.

Our dream is to create a solidarity network among filmmakers, organizations and institutions, active at local and international level. The project is open to those who are interested in getting to know us and/or participate.”


Also in October, for an event on the 5th & 6th (postponed), we will be presented in a special screening by HuBB Humans Before Borders group. The screening will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, and will part of an on-going series of film viewing and discussions on topics such as colonialism, Eurocentrism, inequality and inequity. What are some of the ways these are continuing to be manifest and how to end these Eurocentric cycles of violence and imperialism.

September 7th at FSK Kino in #Berlin – #Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

 

7sept mid sizeIn cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung Bildungswerk Berlin, we cordially invite you to a screening of our documentary on September 7th at FSK Kino am Oranienplatz in Berlin. This event is free to the public with funding made possible from the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.You are welcome to share this invitation with everyone. Please be sure to register, as seating is limited.

The program starts at 2:00 pm and is followed by a panel discussion with the director, Red Haircrow, and three protagonists. Representing Native Americans are Johnny Clyde (Mezica / Purepecha) and Viveka Frost (Teques / Caribe), and representing an important German perspective is Sönke Bernhardi.

Tagline: “It’s time to learn. To go beyond. It’s not about Winnetou. It’s about you and us.”

Synopsis: “The same mentality that ignores the rights of indigenous people to self-expression are often those who also have stereotypes and gas light GLBTIIQ people. Women. The disabled or economically challenged, especially BIPOC, just wanting for change and equality. It’s basically saying, “My joy is more important than your dignity, your rights or even your life.”

More trailers and video https://vimeo.com/redhaircrow
Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/623357031520049/

 

April 26th in #Osnabrueck, #Documentary Screening and Q&A at Museumsquartier-Akzisehaus

 

Opening on 26 January 2019, at the Museumsquartier Osnabrück, is an exhibition on Karl May and the myths and realities of his legacy.

We’ll be screening “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” on Friday, the 26th of April 2019 (6 p.m.).

We’ll be providing a critical approach on how the fantasies, myths and racist, colonial behaviors in history and today, have an effect on Native Americans and ALL peoples, as it teaches its okay to be culturally abusive for one’s own amusement…among many other harmful behaviors. Stereotypes: which have been and are the basis of every kind of discrimination, prejudice, oppression and genocide.

Facebook event page and their website link  https://www.museumsquartier-osnabrueck.de/ausstellung/blutsbrueder/.