Under the Hanging Tree
Netherlands Rotterdam IFF 2023 (Harbour) World Premiere
Christina Mureti, a hard-boiled police officer from the city, is transferred to a small village desert town in Namibia where she uncovers a series of grizzly animal sacrifices perhaps linked to the disappearance of the villagers’ children. Then a German farmer is found hung on the same tree where Christina’s ancestors were hung a century ago during Germany’s colonial war and genocide on the Herero.
In this first of its kind film that dissects the colonial past, it is only when Christina begins to learn about her people’s history and embraces some of its cultural wisdom that she will be able to solve the case.
When a German farmer is found hanging from a tree, hard-boiled police officer Christina Mureti is pulled into an investigation that uncovers Namibia’s colonial history and genocide of the Herero.