Life or Death in the Aegean Sea Is Just Part of The Ordeal

Life or Death in the Aegean Sea Is Just Part of The Ordeal

The Swimmers is a film directed by Sally El Hosaini based on the remarkable lives of two Syrian sisters, Sarah Mardini and Yusra Mardini.

The sisters escaped their war-torn country to find a new life in Europe, along the way they save a number of Syrian refugees in the Aegean Sea and, in the case of Sarah, competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a member of the Refugee Olympic Team. In Tokyo, she carried the flag of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team at the Opening Ceremonies.

Sarah tells a little about her ordeal and about her life’s mission in a 2020 TEDxTalk at Durham University:

Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini is a sequel to the fictionalized dramatic film, The Swimmers. Written and directed by Charly Wai Feldman, the documentary film was shot over three years following Sarah’s fight for justice and journey of self-discovery. It is scheduled to be released in Germany in March 2023.

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