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The Swimmers (15) + ScreenTalk

Refugee Week 2023

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Two sisters flee from Syria to Germany, bringing with them dreams of becoming Olympic swimmers, in this powerful biographical drama by Sally El Hosaini.

In collaboration with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, we are hosting a screening of Sally El Hosaini’s film based on the remarkable true story of swimming sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini’s miraculous journey as refugees from Syria, all the way to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Swimmers is heartfelt drama which traces the real-life, death-defying journey of Yusra and Sara Mardini — tight-knit sisters with big dreams — as they flee war-torn Syria on a lifeboat, in the hopes that one of them can compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nominated for Outstanding British Film at the BAFTA Film Awards, the film centres on the triumph of the human spirit and celebrates a unique and inspiring achievement. 

We are delighted to be joined by director Sally El Hosaini on a panel with Vicky Tennant and Zahra Shaheer, hosted by Emma Cherniavsky, CEO of UK4U.

2022 dir Sally El Hosaini 134 min

Captioned Screening: Please note, this screening is HOH Captioned.  

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