Netflix’s “Trees of Peace.” There are times when a person’s cruelty surpasses anything that a person may experience. The killing of nearly a million people in Rwanda is one the gruesome fact. ‘Trees of Peace’ are established during this period. It focuses on the survival of four women trying to survive in a small room. The film portrays the horrors of trying to tolerate a regime that would do everything in its power to wipe out its people. It also focuses on the virtues of human kindness and on building meaningful relationships during the most difficult of times.
As things get worse with the passing of time, it is hard to imagine that secret woman would ever be able to come out. However, all evil ends, and so does the suffering of Rwandan women and people. Here we repeat the conclusion and analyze what it means for the characters.
Trees of Peace: Synopsis
The year 1994 has also begun with the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda. A man named Francois has already hidden his wife, Annick, and two other women – an American named Peyton, and a Tutsi monk named Jeanette – in a secret closet under the kitchen of his house. He finds another Tutsi girl, a Mutesi, and hides her. While the women sheltered the house secretly, Francois was left outside, trying to get food for the women, especially his pregnant wife.
As the days go by, Francois’ visit becomes more and more frequent, until he stops coming at all. At the same time, women develop a strong bond, sharing their past trauma and putting aside their differences. They are also trapped by the horrible things they see through a small window in a hiding place. As they watched their church neighbors hunt and rape and mutilate women, women began to wonder if it would be all right to run away and return to earth.
Francois is Alive or Dead?
No matter what their circumstances, these women had one hope that they could always hold on to — Francois. With him there, they had someone they trusted. Someone in charge of the food, someone they know where they are, someone who can open the outer door and rescue them. However, their spirit was shattered when an extremist Hutu shouted at them, pointing at Annick.
He said they found out where Francois was hiding, so they told him where he was hiding before they brutally killed him. It turned out, however, that the man was lying. It is true that the soldiers who attacked the New Hope school killed everyone who was there. But, Francois was not, at the time. He was burying his neighbors at the time of the massacre at the school.
Earlier he had mentioned the death of their neighbor’s daughter Nafia on his last visit to Annick. His compassion and desire to help more people show that he is the kind of person who never leaves anyone behind. He certainly did not leave Nafia behind and buried her properly. This act of kindness saved his life eventually. Continuing the cycle of luck, the RPF rebels arrived just in time to oust the extremists. On his last visit to the women, he told them that the rebels were on their way. He said it was just one day before they took the capital, and the women could no longer hide.
Although Francois did not get a chance to return home after that, the rebels kept moving forward. They took the land and stopped killing. Francois returned with them to rescue his wife and three other women who had suffered so much to save them.
Trees of Peace Ending, Explained: What Happens To Four Women?
When they hid, the women thought their situation was temporary. They hoped that the UN or another country would soon intervene and stop the massacre in their country. Weeks go by, though, and months go by without any help. Their situation worsens, and after a while, Francois’ visit also stops. Annick, in particular, is utterly disillusioned when Hutu claim to have killed Francois and everyone else who hid in the school. Elijah’s movements were also inconspicuous, making him think that his baby might be dead.
With no one knowing where they are and no hope of help, Mutesi begins suicidal thoughts. As he rubbed his wrist with a sharp object, he realized that they could break it to open the door. This discovery leads to a sudden thrill, accompanied by the fact that Annick feels her baby’s movements in her womb. Aroused by a new hope, the women use all their energies and successfully open the door.
One by one, they left the place they had called home for eighty-one days. As they breathe in, the noise from outside makes them panic. They worry that Hutu soldiers have returned and, in this case, are simply dead. However, when the troops entered, it appeared that they were traveling with the rebels promised by Francois to rescue them.
The women are also amazed to see Francois walking with them. He tells Annick what happened to him and at school. They embrace and enjoy their freedom. The soldiers helped the women, who had been on strike for three months, to get up and leave the house behind. In a voice-over, read from Annick’s diary kept for her son, we hear her talk about the support and strength she has received from these three women. She admits that they have saved him and now that the worst has passed, their healing begins.