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Red Haircrow’s Interview in #DerFreitag March 23rd-On #ForgetWinnetou! Doc, Native #Stereotypes & Eurocentric History

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:

 

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“Forget Winnetou!” Help Us Reach our #Crowdfunding Goal

11emailFrom Flying With Red Haircrow Productions and Haircrow & Kiesel Gbr: “The crowdfunding campaign for the documentary film Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany is now live. Please drop by, read more about the story behind our film, our aims and who is involved. Check out our perks and consider donating but most of all, we just ask that you please help us out by sharing our message around in some way.

What’s unique about our documentary? To date, there is no other film or project like it in Germany that addresses the issue of stereotyping, and which includes a strong, wider perspective from Native Americans. We’ll present “healthier” more culturally respectful ways that decolonize minds and media, while giving Natives an opportunity to present themselves.”

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Crowdfunding campaign link https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/forget-winnetou–2/x/6473967.

Website https://forgetwinnetou.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/forgetwinnetoufilm/
Twitter https://twitter.com/forgetwinnetou/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/forgetwinnetou/
IMDb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6494700/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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From Flying With Red Haircrow Productions: 1st Teaser for Documentary “Forget Winnetou!”

“Forget Winnetou: Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany” is an upcoming documentary by Timo Kiesel & Red Haircrow. Exploring themes of racism, stereotyping and erasure that Native Americans face living and working in Germany, despite German fascination with the indigenous peoples of North America.

Website: https://forgetwinnetou.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/forgetwinnetou/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forgetwinnetoufilm/

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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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#FilmReview: “Dissonance” by #German moviemaker Till Nowak

Dissonance premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015. A year later, as Berlinale and other festivals begin soon, this sorrow filled but beautiful short is revisited.

Description: “A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world. He plays the piano every day in a gigantic concert hall, but there is nobody to listen. One day his animated world collapses and reality breaks out. The film seamlessly transforms from an animation into a live action drama, reflecting the journey from his psychotic mind into the real world. He only has one wish: To play for his daughter, which he is not allowed to visit.” From IMDb.

Dissonance shows the curious nature of the modern German mindset. Old thoughts and beliefs, the quickness to label and categorize, dismissive of the possibility of error. An example: the daughter saying her father said he would teach her how to play the piano and the mother say no, he can’t, how is that possible: “He wouldn’t live on the streets if he were so capable”. Then you have those who are quite open, so open, they accept any and all frames of thought and ways, which can be good and bad. That’s a societal introspective from a non-German who was born and lived in Germany for many years.

However, the personal aspect of the story creatively presents a situation that can happen in families most anyplace they are in the world, whatever background: the parents have separated because of some real or perceived failing on the other’s part. One parent feels they must protect the child from the “failed” parent. Sometimes they really do need to, at others, it is as an imagined a danger as the pianist father’s animated psychotic fears of the world, which he shares with a stuffed animal. It’s all he has physically left of his daughter. This stuffed animal shares his world, interactive and observant but silent, until when sadly put aside by the pianist who sadly accepts he will no longer be allowed in, the toy tells his own story.

Dissonance was stylishly, beautifully done. Very simple in a way, but profound, thoughtful, sad and hopeful at the same time. The daughter naturally yearned for her father, but the mother’s acceptable fears vs. the father’s misunderstood fears, would likely keep them apart too long. The father, whose daughter meant so much to him, seemed ready to succumb to loneliness, his psychotic difference and “The Edge” he had avoided for so long.

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