DocNights: Long Distance Swimmer - Sara Mardini CTBA


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This film was last shown on 27 May 2024

The Syrian swimmer who pulled the boat that carried her and another 18 refugees to Greece now copes with the consequences of becoming a famous activist.

After their act of heroism at sea, Sara and her sister Yusra were transformed into international celebrities. Sara became an activist and Yusra an Olympic swimmer. After their passage to Europe was guaranteed, Sara kept helping her fellow migrants and refugees, volunteering as a lifeguard with Emergency Response Center International. Because of her actions, she was arrested by Greek authorities on a variety of counts, including people trafficking. Long Distance Swimmer details Sara’s daily life in Berlin, as she awaits the outcome of charges that could send her to jail for years. A hero to many, she has become a voice for those who are subject to a growing tide of anti-immigration policies.

F-Rated: Directed by Charly Wai Feldman


Charly Wai Feldman
1 hour 28 minutes
German, English, Arabic and Greek with English subtitles


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