We were joined on the Popternative show by the creators, directors, and cast of the new German-language Hulu/Disney+ mini series Sam – A Saxon. The series, which is based on a true story, premiered on April 26 with International Emmy Award winner Jörg Winger (Deutschland 83/86/89) as showrunner. The series stars Malick Bauer (Wir), Svenja Jung (Deutschland 89), Luise von Finckh (Vienna Blood), Ivy Quainoo (John Wick: Chapter 4), Thorsten Merten (Tatort), Martin Brambach (Tatort), Carina Wiese (Deutschland 89), and Tyron Ricketts (Leipzig Homicide) who also serves as co-creator and producer.

Malick Bauer as Sam in Sam – A Saxon. Photo by: Stephan Burchadt/The Walt Disney Company

Sam – A Saxon is based on the incredible, true story of Samuel Meffire, the first black policeman in East Germany. This is a gripping series that follows Sam’s irrepressible search for his place in an intensely prejudiced society. In his fight to overcome the system, he becomes the face of an anti-racism campaign and a symbol of a new Germany.  However, his meteoric rise to fame is quickly followed by an abrupt downfall as he ends up behind bars with German tabloids branding him “public enemy #1”.  

(L-R) Svenja Jung as Yvonne and Ivy Quainoo as Jenny in Sam – A Saxon. Photo by: Nico Fritzenschaft/The Walt Disney Company

Showrunner/co-creator Jörg Winger, co-creator/produder/actor Tyron Ricketts, directors Soleen Yusef and Sarah Blaßkiewitz, and actors Malick Bauer, Svenja Jung, Luise von Finckh, and Ivy Quainoo joined us on the show to discuss the new series and the preparation that went into putting the story together.

Watch the interviews below.

Sam – A Saxon is streaming on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney+ globally.

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