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Sheffield DocFest Spotlights: Long Distance Swimmer

Directed by: Charly Wai Feldman
Runtime: 1h 28min Certificate: 12
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Directed by: Charly Wai Feldman
Runtime: 1h 28min Certificate: 12
Topics: Personal Stories

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 an 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.

The screening on Tue 28 May will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

This screening will be Open Captioned and the Q&A will be Signed – a British Sign Language interpreter will be visible on stage throughout the event.

In this joint curation between Bertha DocHouse and Sheffield DocFest, audiences are invited to discover the gems, highlights and new voices in non-fiction cinema which premiered in the past festival edition.

Screening times and booking

Tue 28th May 18:20
Q&A

Prices

Q&A: £12.50 (£10 concessions)

Prices

Q&A: £12.50 (£10 concessions)

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