Crime scene: death from Africa

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Episode of the series Tatort
Original title Death from africa
Country of production Austria
original language German
length 89 minutes
classification Episode 635 ( List )
First broadcast July 2, 2006 on Das Erste
Director Andreas Prochaska
script Felix Mitterer
production Michael Wolkenstein
Andreas Payer
music Stefan Bernheimer
camera David Slama
cut Karin Hartusch

Death from Africa is a television film from the Tatort crime series . The by ORF and Satel film post produced was on July 2, 2006 at the First sent for the first time. It is the 15th case of the Viennese chief inspector Moritz Eisner, portrayed by Harald Krassnitzer .

In this 635th crime scene episode, the investigator is dealing with contract killings. Refugees from Africa are pursued by their enemies as far as Europe.


In Tyrol, a resident of an asylum seekers' home is found cruelly slain. Since it could be a politically motivated act, Eisner is turned on. With the help of an interpreter, he tries to interview the victim's roommates. Since they all live in a former inn, he stays there without further ado to start his investigation. The questioning of the asylum seekers does not reveal any evidence of the perpetrator.

The inn is run by Frieda Jordan, her daughter Ingrid and her son-in-law Klaus. Eisner observes how Klaus drives some asylum seekers to a construction site in a minibus to let them work there. He placed Fatima as a cleaning lady, but she is supposed to do additional sexual services there, just as he regularly attacks her himself. His mother-in-law now uses the chance to get rid of him and burdens him heavily. He is arrested and taken away on suspicion of murder. He admits that he followed the asylum seeker Ishraga in the forest and literally stumbled over the corpse. As a result, the harmful traces got on his clothes.

During the night, the young tambour is found dead. Eisner is certain that it was an accident. Omar Schiowa says, however, that the boy was most certainly killed. He reveals himself to Eisner and explains: He and his family are not from Somalia , as they stated, but from Sudan . There they are politically persecuted and are on a death list. The first to be murdered would have been his brother. It looks like his countrymen have now found them and will not rest until they are all dead. Tambour was trained as a child soldier in Sudan and had the order to kill Omar. That he has now become a victim himself does not seem logical.

It turns out that Eisner's interpreter Farah had given the order to kill Omar and his family to Jaragi, an asylum seeker from Chechnya, who in the end had a fatal accident while trying to escape. Farah can be found and it turns out that he, too, was pressured by clients to betray his compatriots.


The shooting was carried out by Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) in cooperation with Satel Film and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) under the working title Black as the Night in Hochpillberg in the Karwendel region in Tyrol .


Audience ratings

5.12 million viewers saw the episode Death from Africa in Germany when it was first broadcast on July 2, 2006, which corresponded to a market share of 18.4 percent. In the crime scene blog, the episode ranks 751 out of a possible 926.


Tilmann P. Gangloff states soberingly: “Too many narrative levels obstruct the view of the essentials. […] But it is more annoying to try to pimp the crime thriller with all sorts of antics. The music is interesting, but it still fails in the attempt to give the Tyrolean tranquility a certain 'mystery' atmosphere in conjunction with omnipresent amulets. On the contrary: precisely because the film is so pretentious, the height of the fall between desire and reality only becomes clearer. "

The critics of the television magazine TV-Spielfilm think about this crime scene: "First nothing happens, then everything at once."

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Production details from the Internet Movie Database , accessed April 23, 2014.
  2. a b Filming locations and audience ratings on, accessed on April 23, 2014.
  3. Tatort ranking on, accessed on December 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Tilmann P. Gangloff : Critique of the film on , accessed on April 23, 2014.
  5. Short review on, accessed on April 23, 2014.