For over a decade, the Syrian Civil War has seen the deaths of hundreds of thousands and the displacement of millions of Syrians, and the war sees no signs of ending. But among those who have had to escape their home country, hope and perseverance has persisted among many Syrians, as shown in the riveting first trailer for The Swimmers, set to debut in select US theaters on November 11 and on Netflix November 23.
Directed by Sally El Hosaini and written by Hosaini and Jack Thorne, with an executive producer in Stephen Daldry, The Swimmers follows the real story of Syrian refugee sisters Yusra (Natalie Issa) and and Sara (Manal Issa) Mardini and their journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics. From the strife and trauma of fleeing the violence of their homeland, The Swimmers will show their dream come true. As a swimmer myself of SWANA (Kurdish) descent, I’m very excited to see their story on screen.
The summary from Netflix is as follows:
Based on a true story, The Swimmers follows the journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use. Starring Nathalie Issa, Manal Issa, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ahmed Malek, James Krishna Floyd, Nahel Tzegai, Kinda Alloush, and Ali Suliman. Directed by Sally El Hosaini, with a screenplay written by El Hosaini and multi-award-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne. Produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Ali Jaafar and Tim Cole with Stephen Daldry executive producing.
The Swimmers will debut in select US theaters November 11 and on Netflix November 23.