Satudarah: One Blood

On the road with one of the most violent and feared biker gangs

Satudarah: One Blood The notorious Satudarah are the Netherlands' most violent and feared biker gang. Founded in Moordrecht in 1990, the gang has grown from humble roots into an international conglomerate, linked with worldwide drug trafficking, extortion and murder. This fascinating documentary drives right to the heart of this secret criminal underworld, exposing the strict rituals and traditions that govern this most violent of brotherhoods.

"We're in a war zone, and we stand for what we stand for" explains Olla. Having recently been promoted to the rank of Kapikane, or Captain, Olla is one of the highest ranking Satudarah members in Holland. The gang are expanding into Germany, provoking tensions with other notorious organisations, such as the Hells Angels and the Bandidos. The gangs must jostle for control of cross-border trafficking routes, as well as brothels. "In Germany, The Angels think they decide everything. That's what they think, and all of Germany knows that... but now we're here" he explains.

"Of course I'd die for the club. 1000 percent" explains Mikey, the newest member of the Satudarah. The Satudarah is no ordinary gang: membership is for life and 'the brotherhood' inspires remarkable loyalty and devotion in its ranks. Mikey is the most recent recruit to pledge his undying allegiance to the gang. As all the recruits must chant after their initiation, "Forever Satudarah, Satudarah forever!"

"The prosecutor told me I sent shivers down his spine" grins Barend. Like many of the Satudarah, Barend wears his criminal record with pride, a badge of honour and proof of his loyalty to the cause. As the gang attempt to expand throughout Europe, they are dealing from increased pressure from the law. Raids on their homes and clubhouses are a regular occurrence, and their highest ranking members are constantly in and out of prison.

With their longstanding traditions and rituals, the Satudarah are a modern day tribe as much as they are a gang. With remarkable and unprecedented access into their innermost workings and their daily lives, 'Satudarah: One Blood' exposes the terrifying reality of one of Europe's most notorious criminal organizations.

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The Producers


Red Rebel Films is a multi-award winning documentary company formed in 2007 by filmmakers Mags Gavan and Joost van der Valk. Mags and Joost have been responsible for creating award-winning television. Mags has a strong and distinguished background in both current affairs and factual documentary making after having worked at the BBC for 13 years. Known as ‘Barbie with Balls’ for her reputation of fearlessly going undercover. Joost van der Valk's background is in Anthropology, Spanish and Philosophy, Joost had just finished his fourth Masters degree at the National Film and Television School when he met Mags. He joined Mags on the Paparzzi series for BBC and they then set up Red Rebel Films together.


Since 2003 Mags Gavan and Joost van der Valk have been making documentaries together for TV and cinema. Their filmography of series' and current affairs documentaries include Sisters of Somalia, Bad Blood and Saving Africa's Witch Children, which won them the 2009 EMMY Award for Best Current Affairs, the BAFTA for Best Current Affairs Programme 2009, the Amnesty Media Award for Best Documentary 2009 and the One World Children’s Rights Award 2009. Lately the filmmaking couple has mostly focused on feature-length documentaries. Satudarah - One Blood got record viewing figures in the Netherlands and was nominated for the Dutch Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Their other titles include Crips: Strapped ‘n Strong and Fighting for Peace.

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