Fare Dodger

Today, in one of my German classes, we watched a short film and then wrote an essay on it. I thought the movie was great and found that it had made it’s way onto youtube. There is a slight idiomatic play on words in the title, as it is called “Schwarzfahrer“, which literally means “Black Rider”, but really is referring to a fare dodger, just as “Schwarzarbeiter” (black worker) refers to someone who “works under the table” or dodges income taxes.

The film is about 10 minutes long, but the end makes it worth every second of built-up anger that one feels towards that woman.

6 Comments

EvensonApril 6th, 2007 at 01:37

yes, yes, yes thank you! I watched this film years ago. thanks for reminding me of it.

FredApril 9th, 2007 at 01:52

Funny how they use the “Schwarzfahrer” term to play with the color of skin as well (and eventually cook a snook at all those who think he must be the culprit here, due to his being black).

I wonder if (some) Americans would find this clip offensive (seeing it somewhere else than in a German culture class), in spite of its clear anti-xenophobic message.

EvensonApril 9th, 2007 at 07:34

cook a snook?

FredApril 9th, 2007 at 07:52

Ahm, “cock a snook” — a translation of “eine Nase drehen” that I got from leo.org and… unfortunately… misspelt.

jabbaApril 9th, 2007 at 14:17

Yeah the subtitles are the best part. I like the way they translate some stuff. The version we watched in class translated “Hottentotten” as “jungle bunnies”. The hand-out we received translates it as “hottentot”, as does leo.org. 😉

TrabbaApril 10th, 2007 at 10:14

Der Negger hat meine Karte aufgefressen.

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