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Black Rider (1993)

Schwarzfahrer (original title)
A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally exacts 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 morning commute on a tram in Berlin will be the setting of racial abuse of a young black man by an elderly woman. Appearances aside, the woman launches an all-out attack on the poor guy, spewing hatred about stereotypes and the usual favourite topics: immigration, employment and overall white supremacy and privilege, to name a few. This scene of verbal violence which is taking place before an uninvolving and deafeningly silent group of commuters, highlights society's numbness, desensitisation and silent concurrence to all things violent. Written by Nick Riganas

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4 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 Cinema Journal 1:1 (1999) See more »

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definitely memorable
10 April 1999 | by (mmcdanna@yahoo.com) – See all my reviews

i didn't know what to expect as i watched this short german film. i'd never read or heard anything about it, knowing only that it would be about racism. let me say that you will not get what you might expect.

i don't want to ruin the beauty of this film so i'll leave out any details and merely say that i thought of the ending about 10 times between the movie's conclusion and my bed-time, and that each time i did so, a huge smile crossed my face, accompanied by a chuckle. watch it.


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