The Redeemed follows a young couple from the Danish countryside, who a hundred years ago left for what is today the northern Nigeria. Niels and Margareth Brønnum are the first missionaries in the area and their mission is to ”build a bulwark” against Islam. They are well aware they will not come far by simply preaching the Bible, so they have studied tropical medicine. And their medical practice is solely offered as a package together with their religion.
We are following them over their first year in Africa, where they manage to lay the foundation for a comprehensive system of Christian hospitals and schools, that is going to dominate the development of the society all the way till today, where their community counts around two million people.
The Redeemed combines the nostalgia of the archive material and, at times, its unintended humor with new interviews with Danes and Africans that reflect on how the work of the church affected their lives.
The film is directed by Morten Vest, premiered at CPH:DOX in 2018 and will be broadcast on Danish television in 2018.
The film has been supported by Danida, DR and Jorcks Foundation.
Director: Morten Vest
Cinematographers: Morten Vest & Robin Schmidt
Editor: Anders Obbekjær & Mette Esmark
Producers: Robin Schmidt & Ulrik Gutkin