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A German drama of colonial guilt, it follows—ploddingly—the standard formula. An idealistic young medic signs up for service in the German Southwest Africa of 1911; he's disgusted by the way the colonists treat the natives, and when the war against the Hottentots breaks out, he tries to desert. Like so many German movies at the time, the film is unrelievedly didactic: it doesn't show a shred of interest in the characters or situations for their own sake, but uses them only as illustrations of a moral position that's more than clear from the outset. With Jacques Breuer, Edwin Noel, and Jurgen Holtz; the director, an East German refugee, is Egon Gunther.

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