Is High Water Based on a True Story?

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Agnieszka Zulewska as Jasmina Tremer in High Water
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Netflix's latest show is based on the massive flooding that affected Germany and Poland in July 1997. The show, entitled High Water (or Wielka Woda in Polish), is a fictional retelling of the events that caused the dead of over 100 individuals and billions of dollars in damage.

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Here's what we know about the show:

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High Water Release Date

High Water rescue inside a flooded bedroom
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Netflix released High Water on October 5, 2022 without much publicity beforehand. This is why it comes as a complete surprise that the show has ranked high in just a few days. With the rising water levels, many can't help but relate to the show's story and wonder how it changed the course of the countries involved.

The show is composed of six episodes in total that is about 45 minutes long for every episode.

What is High Water About?

Flooded tunnel in High Water
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The official synopsis of High Water reads:

"In 1997, scientists and local government officials in Wroclaw face life-and-death decisions when a destructive flood wave threatens the city."

The show is a political drama that reveals the real-life destruction of the flash flood and how it affected the lives of the citizens forever.

Are Jakub and Jasmina Real?

Survivors onboard a boat in High Water
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While High Water is inspired by the real events that took place in 1997, the characters in the show are fictional. This means that the characters Jakub (played by Tomasz Schuchardt) and Jasmina (played by Agnieszka Zulewska) are not real. But they may very much be, especially since 56 people lost their lives in the Polish flood and almost 40,000 people lost their livelihoods and material belongings. The flooding was also estimated to have caused a loss of 12 billion PLN.

Apart from Poland, the flood also affected parts of the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, and Austria.

Who's Part of High Water Cast?

Survivors waving to boat in High Water
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The cast of High Water consists of Polish actors and actresses that have made an impact in the show. These include the following:

  • Damian Krajczyk (as Adam Rebacz)
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  • Kuba Sprenger (as Maciek)
  • Agnieszka Zulewska (as Jasmina Tremer)
  • Tomasz Schuchardt (as Jakub Marczak)
  • Ireneusz Czop (as Andrzej Rebacz)
  • Jerry Trela (as father of Rebacz)
  • Blanka Kot (as Klara Marczak)
  • Anna Dymna (as Lena Tremer)

Is There a High Water Trailer Online?

Yes, Netflix released the trailer for High Water last month. You can watch it here:


High Water is now available to stream on Netflix.

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