Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way

Most films about Natives concentrate on European narratives or indigenous experience in North America but there are Natives abroad and being “loved in the wrong way” in “Indian crazy” Germany has many forms and effects.

The same mentality that ignores indigenous rights to self-representation are often those who also stereotype and gaslight GLBTIIQ people, women's rights, the disabled or economically challenged, especially people of color just for desiring change and equality. It is basically saying, "My gratification is more important than your dignity, your rights or even your life." This is a main facet of rape culture. It is intersecting oppression.

Germany is a microcosm of struggles taking place across western society both against and for decolonization; for correcting white privilege, supremacist belief and a patriarchal mentality that’s divided and helped destroy cultures, peoples and our world. We explore the roots of racism and appropriation in Germany from a rarely considered perspective: the Native American they adore and the Natives from North America who live among them.

  • Red Haircrow
    Director
  • Red Haircrow
    Writer
  • Red Haircrow
    Producer
  • Johnny Clyde
    Music
  • Johnnie Jae
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    social justice, culture, indigenous, native american, human rights
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 9 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 23, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, United States
  • Film Language:
    English, German
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Refugees Welcome Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 29, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Native Spirit Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2018
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • NatiVisions Film Festival
    Parker AZ
    United States
    September 29, 2018
  • Indigenous Film Festival
    Pine Ridge Reservation
    United States
    August 3, 2018
  • First Nations Film and Video Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    May 1, 2018
  • Delphi Theater Weissensee (Rough Cut Feedback)
    Berlin
    Germany
    February 11, 2018
  • 22th AVANCA - International Meeting of Cinema, TV, Video and Multimedia 22th AVANCA - International Meeting of Cinema, TV, Video and Multimedia
    Avanca
    Spain
Director Biography - Red Haircrow

Red Haircrow is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and chef of Native (Chiricahua Apache/Cherokee) and African American heritage who holds a BSc in Psychology, counsels selectively and is a Master’s student at Montana State University Bozeman, Native American Studies. Their research focus includes intergenerational historical trauma, POC mental health, GLBTIIQ issues and suicide prevention. Member of NAISA, SIP, APA & currently serving Secretary-Elect for the Native Research Network (2017-2018).

Through his multimedia consultation company, Flying With Red Haircrow Productions, Red explores and pursues opportunities for collaboration in education, film, art, music and more.

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Director Statement

This film project was a particularly difficult one both for myself and many of the participants to film and complete, as it was both a personal and professional endeavor. Every day we live with the effects of racism, cultural appropriation, white supremacist ideology and stereotyping based on our ethnic heritage, then as filmmakers face critique and rejection of work deemed irrelevant to society as a whole, but which is deeply affective to billions of people of all ethnicities, past and present.

At all levels throughout the world, we see the minimization and dismissal of Native/Indigenous issues, trauma and the seriousness of stereotyping and other racist and discriminatory practices. The systems and structures in place, and the mindset behind their creation, supports this minimization and even the gaslighting of minority groups. This is contributing to and reinforcing the new rise of normalized xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, trans- and homophobia. In this age of climate change, such attitudes are also behind the downplaying of deadly events and issues primarily people of color and redeveloping regions or countries are facing at a rapid rate. It is the prioritization of modern white Europe and its former colonies’ gratification, history and knowledge over all others. It is intersecting oppression.

I didn't know several of the Native participants prior to starting this project yet many became close friends. Most are also a part of demographic groups such as the disabled or GLBTIQ communities, so we’re tackling intersecting oppressions, too. Whether our film ever receives any recognition or acceptance, as I’m fully aware of the apathy many feel about such topics, I consider its completion a triumph. I am proud of those who came forward to share their stories in the hope of restorative justice and the healing of our societies and our world, so that all children can have a better future. I am thankful to have been able to meet them, and despite great personal hardship during its filming, it was imperative for me to make this film.