‘The Swimmers’ will chronicle the true story of Yusra and Sarah Mardini, who made global headlines with their journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics on the Refugees Olympic Team.
Ahmed Malek and Kinda Alloush have signed up with Netflix to star in a new project titled ‘The Swimmers’, which will chronicle the true story of Olympic athletes Yusra and Sarah Mardini. The two sisters made global headlines with their miraculous journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where they emerged as swimming superstars on the Refugee Olympics Team. The cast will include actresses and actual siblings Manal and Nathalie Issa as the Mardini sisters.
The film will be directed by Egyptian-Welsh writer and director Sally El Hosaini, whose last film - ‘My Brother the Devil’ - premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won the award for ‘World Cinema Cinematography: Drama’. It was also recognised with the ‘Best British Newcomer’ prize at the BFI London Film Festival and the ‘Best European Film’ prize at Berlinale.
Netflix recently began shooting the film in the United Kingdom, Turkey and Belgium, and has scheduled it for a global release in 2022.