In 754 after Christ the monk Bonifatius was killed at Dokkum, according to historical sources by ‘barbarian’ warriors. Is he really murdered by a bunch of bloodthirsty savages or is that just the Christian version of the history? That’s the story of Redbad. The violent religious battle that took place at that period plays a prominent role in the film.
Redbad doubts the dated rituals of his people. He gets into a conflict with his father when his girlfriend Fenne is appointed as human sacrifice to the gods. During the offering ritual the Franks attack the city and Redbad’s father is killed in front of his eyes. The Frisii (also known as ‘the free people’) have lost Dorestad. Rebad’s uncle Eibert quickly organizes a coup and blames Redbad for the defeat. Tied up to a raft, Redbad is pushed onto the sea to die.
However, Redbad survives the journey and washes ashore at the Vikings. There he gets to know the power of his own culture. Slowly the clan accepts him. After he fights with the Vikings against a rivalling clan Normans, the marries the daughter of king Wiglek.
When he and his wife return to Dorestad, he discovers that his sister is married off to the son of the Frankish king, Pepijn van Herstal. During an annual fair he sees how Willebrord violently converts and humiliates his sister. He vows to free her. His uncle and cousin, who have been in power, are not strong enough to rise against the Franks. When the people find out Redbad is still alive, they want him to be king. Redbad wants to lead the resistance with the help of Fenne, who has organized a small army of superfast female archers. Unfortunately, Redbad’s uncle is not ready to give up his power and secretly makes a deal with the Franks…
Genre: historical saga/action/thriller
Producer: Farmhouse Film
Director: Roel Reiné
Screenplay: Alex van Galen / Lars Boom / Michael Loumeau