A short documentary in production 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, transgenderism and the effects of stigma and prejudice.
Half, a quarter, a fraction, a piece.
Gender, sexuality, ethnicity, cognitive or physical 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
In German and some English, the interview conducted by Claudia Friedrich introduced or continued discussion about today’s ramifications of the Indian Citizenship Act. While many Germans and Americans downplay the relevance of this history, and choose to ignore the implications today, Eurocentric attitudes and behaviors continue to be emulated. Obviously. More people may simply be ignorant on the entire situation, because these details are ignored even as they appropriate Native cultural customs and traditions for self-gratification. We have to look deeper at the effects of such behavior, on both Natives and non-Natives, and what is the root cause. LISTEN HERE.
An article by host, Claudia Friedrich can be found at her website here.
Sincere thanks for everyone who came out to our screening on Friday, May 24th at ISTA (Institut für den Situationsansatz) in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Also, to ISTA for making it happen. We really appreciate it, but especially because Germany’s mainstream rarely asks the right questions, the hard questions. They especially don’t want to listen to the hard truths and honesty that can only improve them as human beings. Glad to share and that there were some good questions from the audience, with knowledge and introspection taken back to the communities.
In 1 week! On June 2nd, our interview by Claudia Friedrich will be part of the WDR Zeitzeichen broadcast on “The Indian Citizenship Act”. Make a note to listen in on topics of racism, white supremacist ideology and tokenism, all of which involves Germany’s problematic treatment of Native peoples and cultures today. All intersecting with and part of the rise of normalization of racism and nationalism BIPOC, German and foreign alike, are faced with daily…and which harms everyone. It continues systems of inequality, injustice and oppression.
Sentiments of, “Germany has suffered enough! (due to censure over the European Holocaust). How dare anyone criticize or take away our right to use Natives for self-gratification and teach these practices to our children!” ….Which harms other children. Go figure.
From Dr. Andreas Brenne on our screening and discussion on 26 April in Osnabrück, Museumquartier.
“Freitag Abend im Museumsquartier Osnabrück: Red Haircrow – Forget Winnetou/Loving in the wrong way (Film und Diskussion)
Ein anregender Abend im vollbesetzten Haus. Mit dabei: zahlreiche Lehrende und Studierende der Uni Osnabrück (Institut für Amerikanistik, Institut für Sozialwissenschaft) und der Autor und Produzent des Films Red Haircrow (Autor, Psychologe, Filmemacher und Koch). Ein eindringlicher und in seiner Direktheit beeindruckenden Dokumentarfilm gab er den in Deutschland ansässigen Native Americans eine Stimme und präsentierte kontroverse Positionen und Perspektiven auf das Thema „Herkunft und kulturelle Identität“.
Kein Infotainment a la Michael Moore sondern ein fundraising Film mit begrenztem Budget. Insofern lag der Fokus auf den sehr persönlichen Statements, die durch Interviews mit Experten (u.A. Hartmut Lutz) ergänzt wurden. Auch die anschließende Diskussion mit dem Autor war sensibel und inhaltlich komplex. Kein Karl May bashing ( Red Haicrow: Wunderschöne Bücher, ich wünschte ich hätte Karl May einmal kennengelernt) sondern eine differenzierte Auseinandersetzung mit dem deutschen Bild des Indianers. Wertschätzung, Interesse, Aneignung und stereotype Diskriminierung liegen oft nah bei einander und es ist hilfreich dies näher zu untersuchen. Ein Ausweg – so der Autor – ist Begegnung, Kontakt und Interaktion. Und natürlich soll man weiter Karl May lesen und zur Aufführung bringen. Von politisch korrekten Bearbeitungen (wie jüngst bei Pipi Langstrumpf) hält Red Haicrow gar nicht. Man sollte Winnetou also nicht vergessen, sondern unter einer anderen Perspektive wieder entdecken. Ein gelungener und auch nachdenklicher Abend.”
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.
“Our lives, and our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories and histories. More than ever before we have the opportunity to be exposed to, and influenced by, a wealth of different cultures and ideas. But what does that hybridisation mean for culture and how do we avoid a homogenised future? What differentiates appropriation from inspiration; is imitation really flattery? How does an individual navigate these surroundings in the search for authentic artistic expression?
During this time of heightened interest and yelling about challenges to #Indianer costumes and Cultural Appropriation of #NativeAmericans in #Germany. Here are a few links to my past articles, interviews and/or commentary on these and related topics. INSTAGRAM post.
We had a nice turn-out for the 1st evening in our #Indigenous film series focusing on female directors, in cooperation with Xart Splitta, which began Nov. 7th in #Berlin.
The next event is Nov.20th, where my short docu, ALMOST, on mixed indigenous experience is followed by the feature length film, “Out of State” by Ciara Lacey on indigenous #Hawaiian prisoners will be viewed by guests at xart splitta.
The guest speaker that evening is Manuel Ricardo Garcia, (Jicarilla Apache, Coahuiltecan & German) born in Munich with Family in Chihuahua Mexico. Manuel is a Trans*activist, Photoartist, two spirit & active in the #LGBTIQA Black & #POC community.
A sincere thanks to all who voted & organizers of Refugees Welcome FILM FEST who made this event and award possible under challenging circumstances. Please remember to support and contribute to such projects and endeavors whenever you can. http://www.refugeesfilmfest.com/winners.html