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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

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Production Co:

Trans-Film See more »
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Runtime:

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 (Locked Up)
Written by Paul Outlaw, Rainer Frey and Horst Neff
Performed by Snow Blind Twilight Ferries
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15 March 2017 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Pepe Danquart's Oscar-winning "Schwarzfahrer" is a look not only at racism, but at its subtlety. The old woman who rants against immigrants is odious enough, but more important is that no one challenges her. To be certain, her rant sounds like what we still hear from these losers, or from politicians looking to score votes. I immediately saw a link between the old woman's "blacks carry AIDS" and Donald Trump's "Mexicans bring drugs".

It would be easy to say that due to Germany's history, it has no choice but to make movies like this. In reality this should apply to every country. Racism exists everywhere. And as Billy Bragg said, racism must always get challenged. After all, no one is born racist.

Definitely see the movie.


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