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#Documentary Screening on February 11th at Historic Delphi Theater in Berlin!

On 11 February 2018, the documentary Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way (formerly Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany) makes its screening 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

16:00-16:20 Introduction to panelists and a Q& A
16:20-16:30 A short Documentary “Reclamation”
16:30-17:45 Forget Winnetou!

“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.

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From Flying With Red Haircrow Productions: “Conejitos Amarillos” Selected for Anibar #Animation Festival 2016 in Peja, Kosovo

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Our video “Conejitos Amarillos” with original piano composition and performance by German jazz pianist Uli Lenz has been selected for the Kids Program at the Anibar Animation Festival in Peja, Kosovo, 21-25 August 2016!

About the video:

“Conejitos Amarillos” is a short energetic piece composed and performed by German jazz pianist Uli Lenz, combined with a poem by Red Haircrow. Inspired by Lenz’s thoughts on the song’s creation and the mixture of jazz and animation in iconic Tom & Jerry cartoons, Red Haircrow created a simple but fast moving musical story of comedic gravity about the idiosyncracies of rabbits. It is part of Lenz & Haircrow, “Poetry & Piano” project, and created by Flying With Red Haircrow Productions. https://www.facebook.com/flyingwithredhaircrowproductions/

“Conejitos Amarillos” is a live recorded performance from Lenz’s solo album “Dance Mañana” available at HGBS Studios.

About Uli Lenz:

Lenz is regarded as a brilliant musical engineer with a particularly strong left hand, and an immediately recognizable style. Through his melodically complex but highly danceable style of play, while in Africa, he acquired the nickname ‘The man who dances on the keys.’

Although based in Berlin, Germany, and being a well known artist in the local jazz scene, Uli Lenz is a world traveler in the field of jazz, serving as a musical ambassador for Germany. His tours have taken him to almost every country on earth. He has played and continues to perform in various groups, bands, duos and trios with fellow artists such as François Jeanneau, Cecil McBee, Ira Coleman, Pepe Burns, Patricia Nomakosazana Dhlamini, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and more!”
www.ulilenz.com

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Our Workshop: “Indigenous Representation in Film” at Film Festival in Rostock, Germany, Nov. 2015

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We’re excited to announce that we will again we’ll be giving a workshop at this year’s,  “Tage des indigenen Films” (Day of Indigenous Films)  in Rostock, Germany in cooperation with elements e.V. The event lasts from 16-20 November. Our workshop will be on Tuesday the 17th.

Films we will specifically review are Disney’s “Pocahantas” (and other misrepresentations), Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous Six”, a German film company’s “The White Comanche” (2014) and Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno”, which was recently internationally released. Particular discussion will be for the upcoming European release of a new “Winnetou” film, characters created by Karl May, and which continues the practice of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation of Native Americans.

From the elements e.V. website:
“At the film festival will be shown at least six programs: feature films, short films, documentaries and films for young people which address the lives of indigenous and primarily told from the perspective of the indigenous.

In addition, we organize three thematic workshops:

(1) Representations of Indigenous in film. The workshop is organized by indigenous people themselves and carried out. Speaker is D.S. Red Haircrow, author with indigenous background (Chiricahua Apache / Cherokee), and moderation by Carmen Kwasny of the Native American Association of Germany eV (NAAoG eV).

(2) Protected areas: A Space for Indigenous Peoples? The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with Survival International. Speaker is Lea-Kristin Martin of SI Berlin.

(3) The dances of Farotos and palm weaving. The workshop will organize in cooperation with the group Canoafolk from Colombia/Germany.

The film program list and further information about the workshops and the exhibition will be published by the end of October. The on-site photography exhibition will remain through December.

For details about the days of the indigenous film in 2015, please visit:
http://indigen.elements-ev.org/.

On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/indigenerfilm/.
Native American Association of Germany (NAAoG) website:

http://www.naaog.de/.
On Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NAAoGeV?fref=ts.

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I’ll be at Berlinale 2015: “Kuma Hina: A Place In the Middle”

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Photos were taken by me at the premiere of “Lone Ranger” here in Berlin, 2013. For more information, please read my article at Indian Country Today Media Network.

2015 is the 65th year this film festival will take Germany’s capital city by storm. I’ll be covering the premiere of “Kuma Hina: A Place in the Middle”, the documentary by Emmy award-winning producer/directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson at BERLINALE, and interviewing Mr. Wilson during the week of 5-15 February 2015. To read more about the documentary, and the transgender leader, educator and political activist featured please visit http://kumuhina.tumblr.com/.

About the documentary: “IN A WORLD THAT PUNISHES GENDER NONCONFORMITY, IMAGINE A PLACE WHERE A LITTLE BOY CAN GROW UP TO BE THE WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS, AND A YOUNG GIRL CAN RISE TO BECOME A LEADER AMONG MEN. WELCOME TO KUMU HINA’S HAWAI’I, WHERE THERE’S A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE FOR ALL.”

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“Romance & Firework” at Badenscher Hof, Saturday, 25 January at 21Uhr

2Saturday evening, 25 January 2014, the 105 Lenz-Kubach-Johnson Jazz Trio will be performing at the well-known location for jazz performances, Badenscher Hof, a musik café and restaurant located in the Wilmersdorf district of Berlin.

. Badensche Straße 29 / Ecke Berliner Straße
. 10715 Berlin Wilmersdorf
. 030-861 00 80 Reservierung (bitte nur telefonisch) empfohlen!
. info@badenscher-hof.de

baden105 Lenz Kubach Johnson: Uli Lenz – piano, Kubi Kubach – doublebass, Zam Johnson – drums. Since 2007 the trio is playing around the world.

Deutsch: Seit 2007 ist das Trio. “105 Lenz Kubach Johnson” ein ein-geschworenes Team und der Erfolg gibt den drei Musikern Recht: In der Presse heißt es: “Die drei bilden ein Trio, das nicht nur aufeinander eingespielt ist und sich blind ver-steht, sondern auch noch unbändigen Spaß an der Musik hat” oder “Den drei Musikern gelang es mit ihren harmo-niegebundenen, stark rhythmischen und abwechslungs-reichen Stücken des Modern Jazz, das Publikum vom ersten bis zum letzten Augenblick zu begeistern.” Und eine weitere Zeitung spricht gar von einem Vulkanausbruch: “Ein explosives Gemisch aus Romanze und Feuerwerk, Ray Nobles “Cherokee” wird mit rasantem Tempo zu einer Art musikalischem Vulkanausbruch …” http://www.badenscher-hof.de/programm.html

For reviews of past performances:
http://redhaircrow.com/2013/03/03/enzkubachjohnson/
http://redhaircrow.com/2012/10/26/jazz-trio-20-oct/
http://redhaircrow.com/2013/04/13/when-they-make-you-feel-it-the-105-lenz-kubach-johnson-jazz-trio-12-april-2013-at-wabe/
http://redhaircrow.com/2013/10/04/the-three-with-no-fear-the-105-lenz-kubach-johnson-jazz-trio/

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