From refugee to Olympian: Inside Netflix biopic ‘The Swimmers’

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Euronews (English)

New biographical drama The Swimmers follows the story of Yusra Mardini (Nathalie Issa) and her sister Sara (Manal Issa), who escape their war-torn country by swimming for hours across the Mediterranean to seek asylum in Greece. The sisters had been trained by their father in Syria, and upon reaching Germany as refugees, the pair was coached by Sven Spannekrebs (Matthias Schweighöfer). Champion swimmer Yusra Mardini was profoundly moved by the movie retelling of her epic journey from war-torn Syria to Germany, and then on to Olympic glory in 2016. “When I did what I did and I left my country or…

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