The Redeemed

Morten Vest, Denmark, 2017

82 min.DK/Documentary

We follow 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.

Through interviews with Danish missionaries and African witnesses, who experienced the introduction of Christianity, we gain insight to the part of the mission that was just as much about introducing a traditional European farmer lifestyle in Africa, with the individual at the centre rather than the community.

On the basis of a massive film archive, shot by the missionaries themselves, the film displays the price the redeemed had to pay for the Christian lifestyle. 'The Redeemed' is a complex story about good intentions, adventurousness and arrogance, then as today.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title De frelste
Danish title De frelste
Keywords Denmark, Mission, Christianity, Missionaries, Mission Africa, Mission Africa, Africa, Nigeria, 1900-1999, 2000-2009, 2010-2019
Director Morten Vest
Screenplay Morten Vest
Producer Robin Schmidt, Ulrik Gutkin
Director of Photography Morten Vest, Robin Schmidt
Editor Anders Obbekjær, Mette Esmark
Sound Martin Saabye Andersen
Composer Peter Kyed
Appearance Niels Brønnum, Margaret Brønnum
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales
Online release 17.04.2018
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer CFC Kort & Dok
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Morten Vest


Screenplay Morten Vest


Producer Robin Schmidt
Producer Ulrik Gutkin
Producer's assistant Marianne Abildgaard


Cinematographer Morten Vest
Cinematographer Robin Schmidt


Editor Anders Obbekjær
Editor Mette Esmark


Composer Peter Kyed


Sound designer Martin Saabye Andersen

Visual effects

Graphic design Morten Vest
VFX on set Morten Vest


Appearance Niels Brønnum
Appearance Margaret Brønnum

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