If you’re in Chicago, May 1-10, 2018, our documentary Forget Winnetou: Loving in the Wrong Way will be screened at the First Nations Film and Video Festival. Also playing will be “Reclamation”, a short documentary by Viveka Frost (Teques/Caribe) who is a participant in “Forget Winnetou!”
Please follow the link to their Facebook event page or website to see a listing and description of all films that will be shared, and if you can, please help support the festival by making a contribution or donation. http://www.fnfvf.org/.
Film websites: https://forgetwinnetou.com/ & http://forgetwinnetou.de/.
I was recently invited to write a counter-point essay for CBC, following my participant in the CBC.Docs documentary that premiered in January 2018 on Canadian television. Last July in Berlin, I sat down with indigenous writer Drew Hayden Taylor on his search to understand why so many Germans choose to appropriate native cultures and/or dressing up and pretending to be “Indians”. The article was published on January 26th, ‘Native Hobbyism’ is Modern Day Colonialism. and specifically discusses how the effects of such practices, especially on Natives living in Germany, are overlooked by both non-natives and natives, which we explore in our own documentary, “Forget Winnetou”, which premiered in Germany in February 2018.
“Indigenous North Americans who live abroad often deal with rejection from relatives who only support or recognize those who choose to live in North America. They report negative experiences such as abandonment, disrespect of their heritage and lack of cultural support. This trauma leads to depression, anxiety and frustration because Indigenous living in Europe can’t simply be themselves.”
June 2nd at Saarland University, Red Haircrow will be giving a presentation at the Indigenous Pop Culture conference, topic is native films and filmmakers and going beyond the stereotypical limitations of Hollywood or other non-Native industries by representation their cultures, peoples, history and future, fiction or non-fiction. Read more about the conference and participants at their website.
In Der Freitag’s print & online edition, on our upcoming documentary Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany, historical context and how the USA’s deliberate “alternative facts” or Eurocentric fabrication of history contributes to continuing racism, colonialism and oppression of Native Americans. Stereotypes are a symptom of the overall disease. Interview and article by Matthias Dell.
Our crowdfunding campaign is in its last days, please help us reach our goaland bring this important project to a wider audience, in its best possible form! At IndieGoGo.
Other recent interviews:
March 14th– „Ich bin nur dem Nein begegnet“ at Deutschlandradio Kultur (Interview & podcast, in print & online, link to English version at the bottom of the article)
March 4th– “Glaubensbekenntnis Red Haircrow” at Süddeutsche Zeitung (Interview, in print & online)
Other important links for our documentary:
Here’s the direct link to listen online to the interview on Deutschlandradio’s Cultural Radioshow “Kompressor”, sharing news on Native current events and talking about directing (and currently filming) “Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany”. Our documentary is on Native stereotypes in Germany, racism and colonialism, of which the 19th century created but still popular pseudo “Indian” Winnetou is the ultimate symbol. At the webpage, interview in German is at the top. To listen in English, the link is at the end of the article.
Please also visit our film website, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and help support our bringing it to the world. Our funding campaign is still live on IndieGoGo. Both my co-director Timo Kiesel and I are available for interview. Very welcome to share the links, thanks!