Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini (90 min)
Director: Charly Wai Feldman
Syrian refugee Sara Mardini, along with her sister Yusra, pulled the sinking boat that carried them and another 18 refugees to safety in Greece. She now copes with the consequences of her ongoing activism. After volunteering as a lifeguard with Emergency Response Center International, Sara 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 antiimmigration policies.