In Der Freitag’s print 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 goal and bring this important project to a wider audience, in its best possible form! At IndieGoGo.
Here’s the direct link to listen online to my interview on Deutschlandradio’s Cultural Radioshow “Kompressor”, sharing news on Native current events and talking about the directing (and currently filming) “Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany”. At the webpage, interview in German is at the top. To listen in English, the link is at the end of the article. 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. Please 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.
I was surprised by the request last Friday, and here’s the result, published for the weekend of 4/5 March 2017 in Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the largest German subscription paper in Germany. In print & online here.
Currently, filming documentary “Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany”, and in the middle of our crowdfunding campaign. Check out our perks, some of the participants and consider contributing to help us meet our goal. We’re also available for interviews, radio shows, appearances, etc. to talk about our film.
NEW! From Flying With Red Haircrow Productions, the interview trailer for Forget Winnetou: Going beyond #NativeAmerican #Stereotypes in #Germany. Coming in 2017, it’s the fruition of years of work and experiences, from myself and colleague Timo Kiesel.
“Native stereotypes damage everyone, especially young people, especially in a country with a genocidal history. It teaches its okay to be culturally abusive to others and perpetuate misconceptions. Winnetou is the ultimate native stereotype.”
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Photo by Cempoalli Twenny, by general permission. Added graphics by me.
Last night I dreamed of a great wave. Of having been in the front yard of house with about a dozen other people aware of possible bad weather coming, a storm of some kind, but the air was calm rather. The sky rather watery looking pink pearl, orangish, bluish with a hint of green in the southeast but not unusual. The day is unusual in its clarity, as if water glistens on every surface: skin, grass, clothing. Despite the weather watch, I decided to go walk west along the great pier front, beyond where these houses shelter in the safety of a cliff overhang.
The pier front is a series of mostly iron fastened wood, stretching across a bay. It is closely packed with businesses, balconies and shops built close to the shore. Farther, the piers curve back to the left were ladders, scaffolding-like with steps built up to yet another high pier where if you climbed up you could see much farther out. It all seemed safe and okay to do so, and feel on top of the world, cool though untouched by a breeze.
One person I knew from the gathering in front of the house had wandered out there too, following me maybe. Probably. As calm and peaceful as it still looked, a sherbet sky of peach, raspberry and lime, just in the next moment, a call went out as if over a broadcasting system: there was an incoming wave, a tsunami. And then I could feel it, and I paused in that eternal second you know if you’ve ever been in a tornado or something. Just before it strikes, before you can see it sometimes, particularly with a tornado: there is a dead calm, but you can almost feel yourself lifting. It is terrifying, and if you’ve ever felt it once, you never forget it because it’s no joke. Continue reading