Black Rider (1993)

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Black Rider (1993)
Schwarzfahrer (original title)

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.
Germany
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Creators
Director Pepe Danquart
Writer Pepe Danquart
Information
Release Date1993-02-11
Runtime12mins
GenreShort, Comedy
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsWon 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins.
CompanyTrans-Film
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman
Senta Moira
Senta Moira
Old Woman
Paul Outlaw
Paul Outlaw
Black Man
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

Schwarzfahrer

Schwarzfahrer (also known as Black Rider) is a 1992 German 12-minute short film directed by Pepe Danquart. It won an Oscar in 1994 for Best Short Subject. The topic of the film is the daily racism a black man endures in a tram. The title is a word-play: "Schwarzfahrer" usually means "fare-dodger" in German, but can be literally translated as "black traveler". This word-play forms the punch line of the short film.


Plot

A motorbiker (Stefan Merki), who early in the film was unable to start his motorcycle, boards a tram in Berlin, and witnesses a black man (Paul Outlaw) sitting down next to an elderly white woman (Senta Moira). In the entire 12 minutes, the old woman racially abuses the black man, stating that blacks stink, are unintelligent, criminal and the perfect carrier for AIDS. The biker feels uncomfortable, but does not dare to interrupt. The black man stays quiet for the entire film, until the tram controller arrives: when the old woman produces her ticket, he grabs and swallows it. When the old woman accuses the black man of eating her ticket, he coolly shows his valid ticket to the controller; the latter nods at him and arrests the old woman. The punch line is that both the black man and the old woman are "Schwarzfahrer" now: the black man who rides a train, is a non-offensive "black rider", while the old woman now is a real law-breaking Schwarzfahrer (i.e. fare dodger). The one passenger the viewer knows who never possessed a ticket, the motorbiker, escapes without the controller checking his ticket.


Cast

  • Senta Moira as the Old Woman
  • Paul Outlaw as the Black Man
  • Stefan Merki as the Biker
  • Klaus Tilsner as the ticket controller
  • Andreas Schmidt as passenger with walkman

Acclaim

  • 1993 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film — won
  • 1993 Melbourne International Film Festival Best Live Action Short Film — won