Based on the incredible true story, The Swimmers recounts the harrowing ordeal of sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini, who fled the Syrian Civil War. Both competitive swimmers, their skills and courage helped them survive their journey and compete at the highest levels of the sport.
Directed by Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil), who co-wrote the script with by Jack Thorne (Radioactive), the film earned acclaim at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. It also looks genuinely inspiring, as opposed to some of the faux-inspirational movies Thorne has written in the past. This does not look like the kind of movie that will shy away from the horrors the sisters experienced, yet won't be entirely depressing.
The Swimmers opens in limited release on November 11, and streams exclusively on Netflix starting November 23.