In the colonial period, the Herero men, women and children of Namibia were rounded up like cattle and put into Germany’s first ever concentration camps. Four years later, three-quarters of the entire Herero nation had perished at the hands of German colonialists.
The central figure of 100 Years of Silence is a contemporary 23-year-old Herero woman named Georgina. She has a fair complexion and a green tinge to her eyes. Georgina is aware of the fact that her great grandmother was raped by a German soldier and now wants to confront the demons of her own genetic past.
Together with the film crew, Georgina sets out into the Namibian landscape on what becomes a journey of deep introspection. Her journey takes place against the breathtaking backdrop of Africa’s landscapes – an aesthetic harmony-broken repeatedly by a dissonant history.
The Nazis used the experiences from the German Konzentration Camps in Namibia plus their experiences with racial science during the Second World War a few decades later. Today the Hereros claim billions of US dollars from the German government in genocide reparations.