Production Commences for A BETTER PLACE Series: Exploring a World without Prisons
Backed by Komplizen Serien, StudioCanal Series, WDR, and ARD Degeto, this gripping drama reflects on a society where resocialization replaces incarceration. By: Syahmi Zulqarnain
Berlin - The show is set to film in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, from August to December 2023, with an anticipated release on the ARD Mediathek and Das Erste broadcasting station by the end of 2024.
Set in a fictional city, the series follows Mayor Amir Kaan (Steven Sowah) and scientist Petra Schach (Maria Hofstätter) as they embark on a revolutionary experiment. The local prison is shut down, and inmates are reintegrated through work, housing, therapy, and addressing their crimes. The narrative uncovers the challenges faced by former offenders and examines the perspectives of those striving for their rehabilitation.
The ensemble cast includes notable actors like Maria Hofstätter, Steven Sowah, Katharina Schüttler, and more. With the narrative delving into the complex interplay of personal growth and societal expectations, the series creates a captivating social kaleidoscope.
Developed by Alexander Lindh and Laurent Mercier, the show boasts a team of talented writers and directors, including Anne Zohra Berrached and Konstantin Bock. Supported by international partners such as Canal+ and StudioCanal, as well as European and German project funding, the series stands as a testament to the potential of independent, European productions to tackle socially relevant subjects.
David Keitsch, Head of Series at Komplizen, expressed excitement for the project, emphasizing its ability to explore intricate themes while providing compelling entertainment. With its blend of relevance and storytelling finesse, A Better Place looks set to offer a fresh perspective on justice and the human condition.