Tonight, 23 March! Online Screening & Discussion of #Documentary “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” – Part of “International Week again #Racism”

23 March 2021- Online Screening & Discussion of #Documentary “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” – Part of “International Week again #Racism”

Cordial invitation to the Public Film Screening “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” by director D.S. Red Haircrow, BSc., MA.

 

As part of the “International Weeks Against Racism,” in cooperation with Friedensau Adventist University, the award-winning documentary “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” (in English original with German subtitles) will be shown. The event is sponsored by “Demokratie leben! – Partnership for Democracy Burg and southern Jerichower Land”.

 

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Simone Emmert, LL.M.Eur., who also teaches human rights in the Department of Christian Social Work at Friedensau Adventist University, will be the moderator. She will be in conversation with director D.S. Red Haircrow, BSc., MA, writer, educator, psychologist and filmmaker, as well as Manuel Ricardo Garcia, TransActivist, Photoartist and winner of the 2011 Pride Photo Award.

 

The event will take place online, mostly in English, on Tuesday, 3/23/2021 at 7pm on the Zoom platform. With the attached Zoom link you will get the access information.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94893649622

After entering the waiting room you will be admitted.

You will need: PC/laptop/tablet or smartphone, stable internet connection, headset or alternatively headphones with microphone.

 

About the content:

“Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” (https://forgetwinnetou.com/) by Berlin-based director D.S. Red Haircrow, BSc., M.A. (https://redhaircrow.com/), (Writer, Psychologist, Educator & Filmmaker) is an award-winning documentary about racism, cultural appropriation and Eurocentrism from the perspective of Native Americans in Germany. In most films about Native Americans, European narratives or indigenous experiences in North America are rendered. This ignores the fact that Native Americans today also live in “Indian-crazy” Germany and are confronted with stereotypes based on Karl May’s Winnetou. The film will be made available as a vimeostream; participants admitted to the waiting room will be unlocked at the beginning of the screening.

 

Nov 30th: “Modern Germany’s Cognitive Dissonance on Racism & its Roots in Karl May’s Legacy” at Brandeis University

In cooperation with the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA, we’ll do an online film screening and discussion with viewers and students on Monday, 30 November 2020.

“Most Americans don’t know who Karl May is, and Germans no longer read his “American Indian” fiction that once inspired generations. Fewer still connect its legacy to persistent “acceptable” racism in all facets of German society, despite research clearly linking the stereotyping of “Others” to the rise of Eurocentrism, normalized intolerance and white supremacist ideology in western society.”

Learn more about the university, this department and its missions and goals at their website.

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.

Trailer Selected For Screening at Avanca Film Festival 26-30, 2017

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.”

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