Opening Night Outdoor Film Screening

@ Victoria Island (100 Middle St.)

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Searching for Winnetou

Searching for Winnetou

Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibway) • 2018 • 44m • Canada • English & German

This film is author and humourist Drew Hayden Taylor’s quest to understand the roots of the German obsession with Native North Americans.  Inspired by 19th century author Karl May and his series of Winnetou novels, thousands of Germans attempt to live and dress as First Nations people. These “Indienthusiasts” have inspired an entire industry of live performance, film, “authentic” collectibles and “Indianer camps”, (to borrow the German terminology).  This fascination forces us to confront the question of Appreciation vs. Appropriation.  Are these curious hobbyists or cultural thieves?  The eagerly anticipated project explores the controversy surrounding cultural appropriation in an innovative, hilarious, disturbing, inspiring, and touching way.

Drew Hayden Taylor is originally from the Curve Lake First Nation, in Central Ontario, and has spent the last two decades traveling the world and writing about it from the Indigenous perspective. An award-winning playwright, author, columnist, filmmaker and lecturer, he has managed to bridge the gap between cultures by tickling the funny bone.