1991-2000GermanyPepe DanquartShort Film

Pepe Danquart – Schwarzfahrer aka Black Rider (1993)

Background/Synopsis wrote:
This is the story of a young black man who is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar while the other passengers remain silent. But the schwarzfahrer shall eventually have his revenge.

IMDB User Review wrote:
What a great ending!
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
2 September 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is a fascinating little short film from Germany, but you might need some background information to understand exactly what happens. Instead of buying the ticket on the tram or bus, in many European countries you buy it ahead of time and you don’t need to show it upon entering. Instead, it’s on the honor system and if a conductor happens to walk through asking everyone to show their tickets, you must show it or face a very hefty fine. They don’t do it that way here in the States, but it’s common in countries like the UK and Germany.

Here, a Black man gets on the tram and asks an older lady if the seat next to her is taken. It isn’t but she tells him to find another seat. There aren’t others, so he takes that seat. Upon sitting, this lady begins to talk and talk and talk about how she hates foreigners and begins spouting all kinds of stereotypes about Blacks and Turks. In essence, she sounds like a charter member of the Hitler fan club! However, in a wonderful twist at the end, the man deals with this in a very simple and effective manner.

What’s interesting is that this film was made in Berlin and seeing all these people on the tram say and do almost nothing is fascinating and perhaps says a lot about human nature. The film is well constructed and clever and I hope to see more from the people who made it. The film deservedly received an Oscar and is a must-see for short film fans.

173MB | 0:11:54 | 720 x 576 | avi


Subtitles:English .srt


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