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Black Rider

Original title: Schwarzfahrer
German title: Schwarzfahrer
Germany, 1992, 12 min.

Director: Pepe Danquart
Production company:
Trans-Film GmbH, Berlin
Albert Kitzler
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Film genre: Feature film

Schwarzfahrer is a black and white film about an incident of colour related racism on a tram in Germany: An elderly lady launches into a tirade of verbal abuse against an African American passenger, bringing up a whole host of prejudices against asylum-seekers and immigrants. The other passengers eavesdrop, but don’t intervene. When the ticket inspector turns up to check everyone’s tickets something unexpected occurs and the tables turn…

“… a great short film, not one superfluous word plus a surprising twist which plays on the double meaning of the word Schwarzfahrer (the literal translation is ‘black rider’ but the term generally means ‘fair dodger’). The cinematography has been described as outstanding.” (FWB - German federal authority for evaluating and rating film and media)

Awards: an Oscar in 1994 and over 20 other festival awards including: New York, Minsk, San Francisco, Montreal, Berlin, Valladolid, San Sebastian, Nordic Film Festival (Scandinavia), Cairo, Paris, Jerusalem, Milan, among others.

Study guide: German

Website: Website

Video: Watch on Youtube


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Sold to:
Katholisches Filmwerk (DE)