The Swimmers: Release date, cast, synopsis, teaser, trailer & more

The Swimmers is a Netflix biographical film about a touching tale of swimming sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini and their extraordinary journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Release date

The Swimmers will be released on Netflix on November 23.

Cast and creators

  • Matthias Schweighöfer
  • Manal Issa
  • Ahmed Malek
  • James Krishna Floyd
  • Ali Suliman
  • Carlotta De Gregori

Directed by Sally El Hosaini

Written by Sally El Hosaini and Jack Thorne


“Two Syrian sisters flee their war-torn home in Damascus, swim for hours in choppy Mediterranean seas to reach Greece as asylum seekers before going on to compete at the Rio Olympic Games.”

Other details

The film is based on a true story. It is also set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.


From their training days back in Syria all the way to their rise as competitors in the Rio Olympics in 2016, Yusra and Sarah have lived difficult lives to get to where they are.


Yusra and Sarah are sisters with a dream to one day compete in the Olympics. They make a long and arduous journey from their war-engulfed home across the sea and all the way to Germany against all obstacles until they finally achieve their dreams

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