Arts & Education Council

Independent Film Series

 

February 1 - 7
OTOMO
Director: Frieder Schlaich
OTOMO
Director: Frieder Schlaich
German with English Subtitles 
This film is based in part on true events that happened in 1989 to a man named Otomo in Stuttgart, Germany. After being stopped on a bridge by police for questioning, Otomo ended up killing two officers and wounding three others before being shot to death himself. Earlier that day, Otomo had head-butted and fled from a racist ticket inspector on a streetcar, setting up the manhunt that ends on the bridge. What happened between these two incidents is not known, so the director tried to imagine what went through Otomo's mind that day. Otomo's story sparked a national debate in West Germany about institutional bigotry and the country's immigration laws. You may remember Isaach De Bankole (Otomo) in the film Ghost Dog as the French speaking African friend.

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