The documentary film directed by Red Haircrow, on the effects of Native American cultural appropriation and exploitation in Germany, “Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way” was recently honored in November 2018.
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
Photo by Refugees Welcome Film Festival
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.”
Recent promotional interviews:
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.”