Tyron Ricketts’ “AfroDeutsch”

Afro-Europe blog features AfroDeutsch ([AfroGerman] a short film by actor, musician, and now filmmaker, Tyron Ricketts. Produced in 2001, the film has just been subtitled in English. The film describes the complexities growing up in Germany as Afro-German, daily life for a child in a loving and nurturing mixed-race family but vulnerable to the racial tensions in the community at large. As Afro-Europe reports, the film was made after the racist killing of African immigrant Alberto Adriano in September of 2000 by neo-Nazis. At this time, the Afro-German anti-racism group Brothers Keepers (of which Ricketts is a member) was formed.

Brothers Keepers and similar groups arose in a moment when crimes on the basis of skin color were extremely high in Germany. In June 2000, 129 xenophobic offenses were registered by the government. Adriano, who had lived and worked in Germany for over 20 years, was one of those casualties: “On a Saturday night in eastern Germany, three tanked-up lads yelling, ‘National resistance on the march,’ corner a black man in a park and have a bit of ‘fun.’ Within minutes, their prey, a Mozambican named Alberto Adriano lies in coma. He dies three days later.” At the trial, Judge Albrecht Hennig said that the court concluded that the three defendants killed Adriano solely because of his skin color, adding that none of the three cared whether Adriano would survive the beating. Judge Hennig pronounced, “It was the latest in the long chain of attacks to which we must put an end. Animals show mercy to opponents lying on the ground, but rightist extremists apparently do not. They are pitiless, without mercy.” Adriano’s widow, Angelika, was not able to be in court for the verdict because she had received death threats.

Based in Germany, Tyron Ricketts was born on June 29, 1973, in Weiz, Austria to a Jamaican father and an Austrian mother. He is a musician, rapper/actor (Soko Leipzig, among others), TV-producer (Panthertainment), presenter (Worldcup for VIVA), and filmmaker (AfroDeutsch). Ricketts began his acting career with a leading role in the film Bunte Hunde (1995) and Rosenkavalier (1996). Other films in his career include Kanak Attack (2000), Rillenfieber (2000), Buffalo Soldiers (2001), Samba in Mettmann (2003), Emilia (2004), The Constant Gardener (2004), The Discreet Charm of the Refugee (2007), and Overseas and under Your Skin (2008), among others. He has also been featured in various television films and series.

For original article, see http://afroeurope.blogspot.com/2010/06/afro-german-week-actor-tyron-ricketts.html

For full articles on the AlbertoAdriano case, see http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_15_98/ai_65540905/ , http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/neonazis-on-trial-for-fatal-beating-in-germany-711506.html, and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/908592.stm

For more information on Tyron Ricketts, see his webpage at www.tyronricketts.com

For filmography, see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0725503/

See the (English subtitled) short film AfroDeutsch here:

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