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Black Rider (1993)
"Schwarzfahrer" (original title)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  4 March 1994 (USA)
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A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally extracts his revenge.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Senta Moira ...
Old Woman
Paul Outlaw ...
Black Man
Stefan Merki ...
Biker
Klaus Tilsner ...
Controller
Andrea Katzenberger ...
Mother
Mark Tiedemann ...
Child
Andreas Schmidt ...
Walkman
Mike Traynor ...
Business Man
Gottfried Mischke ...
Business Man
Ursula Schlecht ...
Business Woman
Ali Atmaca ...
Teenager
Zozan Atmaca ...
Teenager
Erjin Sari ...
Teenager
Ursula Trauvetter ...
Teenager
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A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally extracts his revenge.

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4 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Black Rider  »

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This short film is inspired from a Norwegian commercial promoting the monthly ticket available from Oslo's public transport system written by Lasse Åberg, a Swedish comedian. Åberg also got inspiration from the urban legend "The Eaten Ticket" that first appeared in Denmark in the 1980's and soon spread to neighboring countries. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Black Man: Is this seat taken?
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Edited into Short 1: Invention (1999) See more »

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"Keep All the Sunshine (Locked Up)
Written by Paul Outlaw, Rainer Frey and Horst Neff
Performed by Snow Blind Twilight Ferries
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Schwarzfahrer: This short film by Didi Danquart shows that it just takes a single,strong,powerful blow to counter hundreds of small barbs.
10 September 2013 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

It is not so often that a film is made which incites viewers to fight against racism. This is due to the fact that most films about racism tend to be overtly soft in their outlook as they make it a point to avoid unnecessary controversies. At this point it needs to be told that it is a relief that German director Didi Danquart's Oscar winning short film "Schwarzfahrer" (Black Rider) decides to tackle racism head-on. By opting for a full scale frontal confrontation, this film manages to ruffle many feathers as it shows how racist can a person get in a public situation. It is not only the issue of racism which is bothersome and ironical but what bothers the most is the apathy of other people who choose to ignore it as if they would never be affected by the scourge of racism. From a linguistic/philosophical point of view, Schwarzfahrer has a lot of hidden meanings too as it features a black man in a situation involving the color 'black' (Schwarz) and 'travelling' (Fahren) as the German language term 'Schwarzfahren' denotes usage of services without paying for them. A layman might be in the wrong to interpret it as a film about a black person enjoying a free ride on public transport in Germany. However, it is only an intellectually challenged viewer who would make that move as the film concerns a batty old white woman's racist blabber against a trendy, taciturn, young, black man who has the last laugh on her. It is being said that it just takes a single, strong, powerful blow to counter hundreds of small barbs. This is exactly what happens in this film. Lastly, Schwarzfahrer is the ideal film for those who want their meaningful cinema to do something to change other people's lives.


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