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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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Red Haircrow’s March 14th #Interview on Deutschlandradio Kultur’s Kompressor

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!

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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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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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Music Reviews: “Moved by Blues” -The Pete Wyoming Bender Band, Rickenbackers Music Inn

Intro by Red Haircrow

Compared to many private venues in Berlin, Rickenbackers Music Inn is generously spacious enough to accommodate a sizeable crowd in its many nooks and cranies while still maintaining a very intimate atmosphere. Yet when you have a crowd that swelled to the size the legendary Pete Wyoming Bender Band drew on Sunday night, 31 March? It was packed wall to wall. Every table was reserved, standing room only.

Rickenbackers by Red Haircrow

From my perspective in one front corner generously suggested to me by Pete, I waited for the gig to begin while observing some typically Teutonic behavior in a modern sense: an older German couple glanced at their recently delivered plus-sized hamburgers with mild dismay before beginning to delicately go at them with a knife and fork. People, you just pick them up and take a big ol’ bite.

Next, there was a ten-minute discussion between several people on how a young woman might deal with a stool with one leg shorter than the other. They finally folded up coasters so it could sit evenly, but I couldn’t help but think, what did it matter? They were not at Berlin’s fabulous symphony orchestra hall, so what did they expect? They were there for the music, or should have been. I was, for that and a couple of beers.

Close Set by Red Haircrow

I suppose it’s my background in psychology, which can include so many other disciplines and nuances, that I watched the faces of the performers as a clue to how they feel about the music and bandmates, not while they were actively playing of course, but when they were listening to the other members. Also, it’s curious how their instrument of primary choice reflects what seems to somehow reflect them-

Warsteiner by Red Haircrow

selves, especially the ones I’ve met before or knew personally.

Paul Playing by Red Haircrow

In this case, there was Paul Schwingenschlögl on trumpet: friendly and upbeat but with a surprising sultriness. Zam Johnson on drums: direct, attention-getting and relentlessly exciting, and Pete “Wyoming” Bender himself, whom I found on short acquaintance suggestive of great depth and passion, with an infinite love for music and people in every word and gesture. There was the lead guitarist whose name I didn’t know, as well as the bass guitarist whose persona matched his instrument, and the special guest, saxophonist Detriot “Detroit” Gary Wiggins, who closed his eyes, smiling, patient and enjoying himself while waiting for his solos.

Zam Johnson by Red Haircrow

There was no impatience or indifference on the faces of the players whether they were active or not, and several times, if you were paying attention, you could catch the spark of communication between them with no words being spoken: inside humor or a heartfelt nod of “great job, bro, I’m feeling you” evidenced by a sudden smile, a quick glance or a special, personal crescendo because they utterly knew their mates were backing their rise. This might not seem like something special, but when you consider that a number of these musicians regularly play with other people: different gigs, different places, even different types of music? It is spectacular when they can come back again and achieve this level of harmony and meaning.

In the end, that harmony can be attributed to Pete Wyoming Bender, who can pull these talented men together and direct them in song after song that moved their audience. The Incredible Pete Wyoming Bender Band completely satisfies lovers of the genre, not just delivering songs one might know, but infusing every single one: every word, every cord and key with profound knowledge, appreciation and respect.

BAND MARCH RICKEN final

 

*Except for the last photo with titling for the Pete Wyoming Bender Band, all others were taken by and are copyright to Red Haircrow.

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