Is 1899 inspired by true history? See the truth about the Netflix series

1899 is the new Netflix series from the creators of Dark, which also brings many mysteries and plot twists. But is the story inspired by reality? We’ll see that now.

The Netflix original series starts with a pretty simple premise. A group of travelers take a ship from London to New York. But when Captain Eyk (Andreas Pietschmann) realizes they can save a long lost ship – the Prometheus – this journey goes from hopeful to horrific.

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The series is not based on a true story. But you might be surprised to learn that 1899 is rooted in reality.

Real life inspires elements of 1899

As insane as 1899 becomes, its roots are rooted in the real European migration crisis.

Also known as the Syrian Refugee Crisis, this global event happened as a response to the Syrian Civil War, as well as the Kosovo War and the Afghan War.

Throughout 2015, 1.3 million people fled these affected areas and sought asylum in European countries.

These refugees were largely Syrian, but migrants from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Eritrea and the Balkans also made their way to the European continent. This marked the highest number of people applying for asylum in a single year since World War II, and it changed policy in these countries.

You can see traces of that event in 1899. As much as this series is about its central mystery, it’s also about how a group of people from different cultures can come together to face a nightmare.

“The whole European angle was really important to us, not just in terms of the story but also the way we were going to produce it,” Jantje Friese told Deadline. “It really had to be a European collaboration, not just the cast but the crew as well. We felt that with the last few years of Europe’s decline, we wanted to provide a counterpoint to Brexit and the rising nationalism in different countries, to get back to that idea of ​​Europe and Europeans working and creating together.”

1899 is now available at Netflix🇧🇷

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Guilherme Coral

Guilherme Coral

Refugee from a galaxy far, far away, I landed on this planet in sector 2814 by mistake. Thanks to my passion for films and series, I was taken to the Cinema and Audiovisual course and I am currently venturing into the Faculty of Journalism.

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