Forget Winnetou!

Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany
Directed and Produced by Red Haircrow
Documentary Film World Premiere

February 11, 2018 | 16:00


Winnetou, the still popular American Indian character created by German author Karl May in the 19th century is a symbol of Native stereotypes, of lingering racism & colonialism: the self-bestowed privilege of taking and using whatever you want, even living peoples, for self-gratification. Intentional or not, these attitudes and behaviours continue the cycle of genocide, and can be harmful to everyone, no matter their ethnicity. While some may minimize the effect or harm of stereotypes, they are evidence of much deeper societal issues of injustice, inequality and inequity many countries now face.

Germany is a microcosm of struggles taking place across the world both against and for decolonization, for correcting white privilege and supremacy that’s divided and helped destroy our world. Stereotypes were created to keep themselves in power…and others under their control.

Our feature length documentary will utilize live-action scenes, interviews and animated sequences illustrating the theme.

> Trailer

> Read a comment by Red Haircrow in Süddeutsche Zeitung (German).

> Interview with Red Haircrow in der Freitag (German)

Length 70-90 minutes | Languages English, German | Subtitles German, English
Filming Locations Germany; Oklahoma, USA; Tennessee, USA; Pennsylvania, USA

Director & Producer Red Haircrow | Editor Red Haircrow | Music Johnny Clyde | Still Photography Jen Osborne, Bernd Sauer-Diete, Viveka Frost, Red Haircrow | Animation & Graphics Red Haircrow, Natasha John, Johnny Clyde | Videographers Red Haircrow, Timo Kiesel, Viveka Frost, Mark D. Williams | Technical Support Haven Smith, Johnny Clyde