Sam-a saxon

The BGHRA in Africana Studies at Rutgers University-Camden and German Studies at Davidson College hosted a virtual conversation with the cast and production team of the groundbreaking HULU series, SAM- A SAXON. The event will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 12:00pm EST. Our guest list  included Malick Bauer ( Sam Meffire), Ivy Quainoo (Jenny), Jörg Winger – Creator, head writer, showrunner, executive producer, Tyron Ricketts – Creator, head writer, showrunner, executive producer, Soleen Yusef – Director and Chris SIlber, writer. Watch this space for details about our upcoming university tour planned for Fall 2023. Should you wish to host members of the cast and team at your institution, please contact us at info (at)


“Sam – A Saxon” is based on the incredible true story of Samuel “Sam” Njankouo Meffire, East Germany’s first Black police officer. The gripping series follows Sam on his journey to find a place to call home and his fight for justice against an overpowering system. It shows his childhood as an outsider, marked by the murder of his father; his rapid rise as a symbolic figure and media sensation of a new Germany, and Sam’s downfall becoming an internationally wanted public enemy. The highly emotional and thrilling series shows a captivating and new perspective on Germany.

International Emmy Award® winner Jörg Winger (“Deutschland83/86/89”), who is also showrunner for “Sam – A Saxon,” Sebastian Werninger (both Big Window Productions) and Tyron Ricketts (Panthertainment) are the producers of the seven-part miniseries. Executive producer is Leslie-Alina Schäfer, producer is Naomi Marne (Big Window Productions). Creators are Tyron Ricketts, Jörg Winger and Christoph Silber (“Nordwand”).

“Sam – A Saxon” unites an outstanding and diverse team, in front of as well as behind the camera: Lead directors are Soleen Yusef (“House Without Roof”, “Deutschland89”) and Sarah Blaßkiewitz (“Precious Ivie”), head writers are Jörg Winger and Christoph Silber who co-wrote the scripts with the Writers Room (Malina Nnendi Nwabuonwo, Toks Körner, Tyron Ricketts, Soleen Yusef and Carolin Würfel). “Sam – A Saxon” is based on the biography of Samuel “Sam” Njankouo Meffire, without always claiming authenticity. Malick Bauer (“Frau Jordan stellt gleich“, “Wir“) assumes the title role; Alex – Sam’s mentor, with whom he shares the experience of being a Black German – is played by Tyron Ricketts. Svenja Jung, Luise von Finckh, Carina Wiese, Paula Essam, Ivy Quainoo, Thorsten Merten, Martin Brambach, Nyamandi Adrian, Aristo Luis, Daniel Klare and more can be seen in further leading roles in front of the camera of Stephan Burchardt and Max Preiss. “Sam – A Saxon” is a production of Big Window Productions in cooperation with Panthertainment for Disney+. The seven-part miniseries is sponsored by the German Motion Picture Fund (GMPF) and Medienbord Berlin Brandenburg.

The original series is based on the incredible and true story of East Germany’s first black police officer. On March 30, the autobiographical memoir “I, a Saxon” by Samuel Njankouo Meffire was published by Ullstein. READ MORE HERE!

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