It won the Best Short Film Award at Short Cutz Berlin in March 2012, as well as a Special Mention at the International Hannover Up & Coming Film Festival.
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October 21, 2012 10:10 PMReply
This is really good. It's very human and looking at the comments it seems everyone else agrees. Yes I will admit the 'pure' German comment was a little 'hair raising' for me as well but I understand where he is coming from because he was talking about what is culture, he said McDonalds' isn't German, Ikea isn't German, basically what does it mean to be German. I think he was also thinking in terms a bi-racial child coming from two backgrounds but growing up in Germany. There are a lot of layers to this short film, a lot! This conversation can be had in any country between a couple.
October 21, 2012 7:27 PMReply
I had so many questions watching this short film. For a minute, I watched it thinking it was a documentary with a real couple. Many racist, sexist & stereotypical comments made. I was a bit put-off by it and their conversation. Was this film supposed to be comedic? If it is intended to be that, then maybe I'll watch it again with that it mind and see how I feel about it.
October 19, 2012 10:41 AMReply
this short is so german!! the wordplay in the title, the subtle humour in self-depreciating jokes about germans, but this mock play is also a critique of the racist, sexist, stereotypic problematic views that do exist in german society. the acting is superb!
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October 18, 2012 8:35 PMReply
A book could be written on this 10 minute conversation. There are so many assumptions whether negative or positive, that are racist, as well as sexist. There is also some truth to what is being said, which also applies to other cultures, not just German/African; some of the same can be said about women from India with men from other western countries. Or Eastern women in general with western men. The part that saddens me is the beautiful young woman willing to bend like a fine willow tree while the unsure man may easily break like a brittle oak; his assumptions are too simple and lacking in the depth necessary to see what he is not only talking about but what he is representing. He has a few good, comfortable ideas that have innocent roots but they are coupled with ignorance that maybe shows it would be good he didn't have those children he was avoiding.....
October 18, 2012 8:16 PMReply
Interesting short. Especially when he discussing German women and their wanting to be emancipated or a "Strong German Woman" aka the "Strong Black Woman" in America. He just doesn't seem like he wants children at this point at all. Probably still having fun. I don't know how old this couple is but they seem late 20's -early 30's. I hope there are more installments.
October 18, 2012 7:42 PMReply
FYI, they're both actors - not in an actual relationship. You'd have to go to the Afro Europe blog to find that info.
October 18, 2012 11:15 PM
@Jmac- Thanks for the info... I thought it was a doc! Knowing that it's not makes me appreciate the insightful writing and performances.
October 18, 2012 6:27 PMReply
Interesting battle going on here between his heart and his brain: He looks at her with love, tenderly remarking that she's wearing the same dress she wore when they met... and then his Germanic brain kicks in... I wonder which side will emerge victorious. Either way, she's in for a rough ride.
October 18, 2012 6:15 PMReply
Interesting little film. I found her statement about Black women being easygoing vs. German women to be heading a bit too much toward generalization. Based on my personal experience of myself and my friends, I'd agree that we don't want to 'wear the pants' in the relationship, so to speak but in terms of demanding respect-- that's an entirely different kettle of fish. Who wouldn't want and demand respect? If she believes all Black women would put up with that guy, she obviously has never been to Jamaica (LOL). His attitude is unsurprising, to say the least.I'm a bit curious to see whether they'll last. Beyond the skin color/cultural issues, I noticed a more basic but equally troubling divide: she seemed to want children but him, not so much-- at least he didn't seem to want kids that weren't 'purely' German. It makes my radar go up whenever ever the words German and purity are in such close proximity in a statement. She seems fairly tolerant (or is it acquiescent?) of him, but if there was some issue that would make them part ways, I think it would be the kids issue. I could be wrong though. One or both could become more enlightened in the future. Just my opinion. Very candid film though, I appreciated seeing it.
October 18, 2012 5:50 PMReply
Quite a few stereotypes in 10 minutes. He obviously doesn't want children, move on sista.
October 18, 2012 5:43 PMReply
I dunno...dude was showing some Skinhead tendencies there. He seems like he can't handle more liberated German women and is with the African woman because she seems safer. He seemed really hesistant when the subject of having kids came up. Just my 2 cents. I'm sure others saw something different.
October 18, 2012 2:57 PMReply
Interesting conversation on "what is German" and the man's resistance to consider non-white Germans as Germans.... yet he's with her. Also his attitudes about black men vs. black women. You could probably replace them with any black/white interracial couple from any country. Good film exposing underlying prejudices.