Dignity (TV series)

Dignity is a Chilean-German thriller television series that first released on the German OTT streaming platform Joyn on December 19, 2019.[1]

Dignity
Dignity (tv series, 2019).png
Genre
Created by
  • María Elena Wood
  • Patricio Pereira
Directed byJulio Jorquera Arriagada
Starring
Opening theme"Kein schöner Land" by Manuel Oyanadel
Composers
  • José Miguel Miranda
  • José Miguel Tobar
Country of origin
  • Chile
  • Germany
Original languages
  • Spanish
  • German
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • María Elena Wood
  • Matías Cardone
  • Macarena Cardone
  • Patricio Pereira
  • Andrés Wood
  • Andreas Gutzeit
  • Jens Freels
  • Bo Stehmeier
  • Alex Fraser
  • Lisa Fidyka
  • Patricia Bazán
  • Jaime Sepúlveda
  • Steve Blank
  • Thomas Münzner
Producers
  • Miggel Schwickerath
  • Jana Cisar
Cinematography
  • Sergio Armstrong
  • Cristián Petit-Laurent
Editors
  • Álvaro Solar
  • Valeria Valenzuela
Running time50 minutes
Production companies
  • Invercine & Wood
  • Story House Pictures
DistributorRed Arrow Studios International
Release
Original network
  • Mega (Chile)
  • Joyn (Germany)
Original releaseDecember 19, 2019 (2019-12-19) –
January 9, 2020 (2020-01-09)

PlotEdit

At the center of the story is the young state's attorney Leo Ramírez, who lives in Santiago and leads the investigation against Paul Schäfer at the request of judge Jiménez. The leader of the settlement of the German sect Colonia Dignidad, founded in Parral, is accused of obstruction of justice, kidnapping and child abuse.

The crime detective for sexual assault Pamela Rodríguez is the only one of few who supports Ramírez, since most of the residents of Parral, such as the criminal police chief Martínez, as well as political actors from Santiago, such as the Senator Ríos and the German ambassador Sattelberger, Schäfer's social support, such as the hospital, in which poor citizens of Parrals are treated free of charge or the boarding school, in which children from poorer families are given education, is highly recognized. Therefore, the investigation is difficult from several sides. This also includes Leo Ramírez's own life and family history.

For one, Leo Ramírez attended the boarding school with his brother Pedro and lived in the settlement. Schäfer also financed his law studies in Germany. On the other hand, he himself was sexually abused there, and his brother was killed or declared dead in the settlement in summer 1976. The dead turns out to be untrue. However, his wife Caro and crime detective Pamela Rodríguez initially don't know of Leo Ramírez's experiences in the settlement.

The investigation is also difficult because Schäfer is in hiding and the settlement doctor Bernard Hausmann and the assistant Schäfer's Ava cover him. Hausmann was arrested a short time later for falsifying documents and covering up a crime, but was get out shortly thereafter. Pamela Rodríguez made important evidence disappear as her family was threatened by Joel Carrillo, an assistant of Senator Ríos. Meanwhile, Anke Meier, the friend of Klaus alias Pedro Ramírez, tries to flee from the settlement.

The series takes place on two time domains: In the present, 1997, which deal with the investigation in Parral and Santiago, and in the past, 1976, which deal with the events at that time in the settlement.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

The actors who play a leading role are listed below, sorted according to the names of the actors in the opening credits. In addition, the child actors of the main roles were added after the adult actors.

Character Year Description Actor Episodes
Bernard Hausmann 1997, 1976 doctor in the settlement Devid Striesow 1–8
Paul Schäfer 1997, 1976 sect leader Götz Otto 1–8
Leonardo "Leo" Rafael Ramírez Soto 1997 state's attorney in Santiago Marcel Rodiguez 1–8
1976 settlement inhabitant Ignacio Gómez[a] 1–4, 7–8
Klaus Becker alias Pedro Alberto Ramírez Soto 1997 settlement inhabitant who has fled Nils Rovira-Muñoz 1–8
1976 settlement inhabitant, Pedro declared dead in summer 1976, after that named Klaus Becker Lucas Morales[a] 1–5, 8
Pamela Rodríguez 1997 crime detective for sexual assault in Parral Antonia Zegers 1–8
Anke Meier 1997 nurse in the settlement Jennifer Ulrich 1–8
1976 settlement inhabitant Mariana Coghlan[a] 1–3, 5–6, 8
Caroline "Caro" Ramírez Scheck 1997 employee of the German embassy in Santiago, Wife of Leo Ramírez Martina Klier 1–8
Ava 1997 assistant of Paul Schäfer Julieta Figueroa 1–8
1976 settlement inhabitant Maria Tapia[a] 6
  1. ^ a b c d Doesn't appear as a main actor, but acts as the child actor of the main character.

Recurring charactersEdit

In the following, actors are listed who play a recurring supporting role. Sorted by episode appearance.

Character Year Description Actor Episodes
Carmen Ramírez Soto 1997 sister of Leo Ramírez, lives in Parral Paola Giannini (es) 1–8
Joel Carrillo 1997 employee of Senator Ríos Felipe Ríos (es) 1–5
Mister Martínez 1997 criminal police chief in Parral Daniel Antivillo 1–4, 7
Hannelore Harms 1997 employee of the German Embassy in Santiago Amaya Forch 1–3, 5–7
Mister Jiménez 1997 judge in Santiago de Chile Alejandro Trejo 1–2, 4–5, 8
Hartmut Sattelberger 1997 Head of the German Embassy in Santiago Carlos Kaspar (es) 1–2, 5–8
Mister Ríos 1997 senator at National Congress of Chile Hernán Vallejo 1–2
Ínes Hausmann 1997 nurse in the settlement, wife of Bernard Hausmann Heidrun María Breier (es) 2–7
Manuel Contreras 1976 chief of Pinochets Secret police Sergio Piña 2–4
Mister Mertins 1976 friend of Sattelberger Gerardo Ebert 2–4
Pablo Jenga 1997 Ex-husband of Pamela Rodríguez, head of a special unit Iván Álvarez de Araya (es) 5–8
German Ambassador 1997 Ambassador of the German Embassy in Santiago Stephan Behrend (es) 6, 8

ReleaseEdit

Logos of the two series clients
Chilean Mega ...
...and German Joyn

The first excerpts of Dignity were published already at the television trade fair MIPCOM in Cannes on October 14, 2019. Several leading actors were also present.[2]

The first release took place two months later on December 19, 2019 on the German OTT streaming platform Joyn.[1] However, it is only available in the paid area Joyn Plus+. Two new episodes were released weekly.

In Chile, the eight-part series is broadcast on Mega from November 14, 2020 at 3:30 a.m. weekly.[3] In Latin America including Chile Amazon Prime Video published all eight episodes at the same time on November 13, 2020.

EpisodesEdit

On December 19, 2019, the first two episodes were released on Joyn in Germany. Two more episodes followed each week.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Folge 1"
"Episode 1"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaDecember 19, 2019 (2019-12-19)
2"Folge 2"
"Episode 2"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaDecember 19, 2019 (2019-12-19)
3"Folge 3"
"Episode 3"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
4"Folge 4"
"Episode 4"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
5"Folge 5"
"Episode 5"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaJanuary 2, 2020 (2020-01-02)
6"Folge 6"
"Episode 6"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaJanuary 2, 2020 (2020-01-02)
7"Folge 7"
"Episode 7"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaJanuary 9, 2020 (2020-01-09)
8"Folge 8"
"Episode 8"
Julio Jorquera ArriagadaAndreas Gutzeit (Headwriter), Swantje Oppermann, Paula del Fierro, Enrique VidelaJanuary 9, 2020 (2020-01-09)

International broadcastEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Canneseries Nominated [4]
2021 Grimme-Preis Fiktion (fiction) Nominated [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dignity – Episodenguide" [Dignity – episode guide]. Fernsehserien.de (in German). Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "MIPCOM 2019: Joyn goes international". Blickpunktfilm.de (in German). 2019-10-15. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Marcela Tedesco (2018-08-20). "María Elena Wood de Invercine y Wood: Proyecto Colonia Dignidad cuenta con un socio coproductor de Alemania" [María Elena Wood of Invercine and Wood: Colonia Dignidad Project has a co-producing partner from Germany]. Produ.com (in Spanish). Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Joyn-Serie "Dignity" im Wettbewerb der Canneseries". blickpunktfilm.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  5. ^ "57. Grimme-Preis 2021 – Nominierungen". Grimme-preis.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-03-12.

External linksEdit