'New Docs Boards ‘Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini’

‘Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini’

Their journey

made headlines around the world, and is dramatized in Netflix film “The Swimmers,” which opened

Sara spent

three years volunteering to save refugees on the same journey that made her so famous,

2018, accused

by Greek authorities of running a criminal enterprise with charges including “international espionage and people smuggling

” If convicted,

she faces up to 25 years in prison and the end of her humanitarian career

Shot over

three years, the film follows Sara’s fight for justice and journey of self-discovery

Franziska von

Berlepsch served as editor and story consultant and Zamarin Wahdat as DoP

The film

is produced by DOCDAYS Productions and Safe Passage in co-production with SWR and in collaboration


is funded by MOIN Filmstiftung and the Malik Bendjelloul Memorial Fund

Executive producers

include Antje Boehmert, Anna von Dziembowska, Daniel Druhora and Drake Burnette

Commissioning editors

for SWR are Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri, Bernd Seidl and Simone Reuter

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