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Black Rider (1993)

Schwarzfahrer (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 4 March 1994 (USA)
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.

Director:

Pepe Danquart

Writer:

Pepe Danquart
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Senta Moira Senta Moira ... Old Woman
Paul Outlaw Paul Outlaw ... Black Man
Stefan Merki Stefan Merki ... Biker
Klaus Tilsner Klaus Tilsner ... Controller
Andrea Katzenberger Andrea Katzenberger ... Mother
Mark Tiedemann Mark Tiedemann ... Child
Andreas Schmidt Andreas Schmidt ... Walkman
Mike Traynor Mike Traynor ... Business Man
Gottfried Mischke Gottfried Mischke ... Business Man
Ursula Schlecht Ursula Schlecht ... Business Woman
Ali Atmaca Ali Atmaca ... Teenager
Zozan Atmaca Zozan Atmaca ... Teenager
Erjin Sari Erjin Sari ... Teenager
Ursula Trauvetter Ursula Trauvetter ... Teenager
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Storyline

An ordinary morning commute on a tram in Berlin will become the setting of an unforeseen racial abuse when, out of the blue, a seemingly kind and sweet old lady launches an all-out attack on the poor black guy who sits next to her. Spewing hatred about stereotypes and the usual favourite topics of immigration, unemployment and the overall white supremacy, this ugly scene of verbal violence which takes place before an uninvolving and deafeningly silent group of commuters, will highlight society's numbness, desensitisation, and silent concurrence to all things violent. However, much to the lady's surprise, the black commuter still hasn't said his last word yet. Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rider See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trans-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Connections

Edited into Short Cinema Journal 1:1 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep All The Sunshine
Performed by Snow Blind Twilight Ferries.
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The Best Short Yet
10 June 2014 | by thepopcornsideSee all my reviews

I saw this at the Goethe Institut in my city and the lady who introduced it was very proud of it but I thought, oh, she's just saying that to market her country. Then it started, and for the first few minutes it had this thing about it that made you want to stick with it to the end, the old lady has got to be one of the best actresses I have ever watched. Do they give awards for actors in short films? Why didn't she get one? she was so convincing, so annoying and the other actors who just sat/stood there without saying anything as she went on and on with that moth of hers, wanted to just shout out something nasty. And then the ending. way better than what I wanted to do to her. That guy gave me the most satisfying shock ever. Perfect. It also felt kind of weird in a nice way that Germany, the country where some of the worst discrimination stories of the century came from, made this film about how dumb it is to discriminate. Genius. I don't think I will ever give a ten again again but this was worth it.


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