Schwarzfahrer

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Schwarzfahrer
Directed by Pepe Danquart
Produced by Alberto Kitzler
Written by Pepe Danquart
Starring Senta Moira
Paul Outlaw
Cinematography Ciro Cappellari
Edited by Mona Bräuer
Release date(s) 1993
Running time 12 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Schwarzfahrer (also known as Black Rider) is a 1993 German 12-minute short film directed by Pepe Danquart. It won an Academy Award in 1994 for Best Short Subject.[1] The topic of the film is the daily racism a black man endures in a tram. The title is a word-play: literally, "Schwarzfahrer" means "black traveler" in German, but can also be translated as "fare-dodger." This word-play forms the punch line of the short film.

Plot[edit]

A motorbiker (Stefan Merki), who early in the film was unable to start his motorcycle, boards a tram, 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[edit]

  • Senta Moira as the Old Woman
  • Paul Outlaw as the Black Man
  • Stefan Merki as the Biker
  • Klaus Tilsner as the Controller

Acclaim[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Times: Schwarzfahrer". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 

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