2x60' - HD
Throughout the 17th century, the Dutch and English fought desperate wars over which country would dominate world trade for the next two centuries. They waged massive sea battles in Europe and embarked on violent raids in Asia, Africa and North America, where Manhattan served a mere bargaining chip in a game of global poker.
BROADSIDE employs drama, large-scale re-enactments, computer animation and scholarly interviews to chronicle this fierce struggle. The film features talented actors in key roles, such as the newly restored King of England, Charles II, who orders an invasion of Dutch Manhattan. Opposing King Charles is Johann de Witt, the bold and able Dutch leader, who stopped a war the young Dutch Republic could not win and orchestrated the peace it could.
State-of-the-art animation reveals for the first time what sea battles between hundreds of large sailing warships looked like. While naval experts describe the tactics and technologies of large sailing ships capable of half-ton broadsides and fleets with more firepower than any land army, historians provide a modern-day perspective of how political leaders responded, for the first time, to the demand for freedom of conscience and religion.