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Exclusive Video Interview: Nathalie Issa on Playing Olympian Yusra Mardini in ‘The Swimmers’

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Sisters Yusra and Sara Mardini endured a harrowing and incredible journey across sea and land from their war-torn home of Syria to Berlin before Yusra eventually utilized her years of training as a swimmer to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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Yusra and Sara’s story is inspiring and compelling, and brought to marvelous life by real-life sisters Nathalie and Manal Issa in Sally El Hosaini’s The Swimmers.

I had the chance to speak with Nathalie about getting to know and understand Yusra, starring alongside her sister, and staging some of the film’s most intense and wondrous scenes.

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You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch. Check out our review of the film from the Toronto International Film Festival.

Nathalie Issa
(L to R) Nathalie Issa as Yusra Mardini, Manal Issa as Sara Mardini in The Swimmers. Cr. Laura Radford/Netflix © 2022

Film summary:

Based on a true story, THE SWIMMERS follows the journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use.

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The Swimmers is currently streaming on Netflix.

Abe Friedtanzer
Abe Friedtanzerhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Abe Friedtanzer is a film and TV enthusiast who spent most of the past fifteen years in New York City. He has been the editor of MoviesWithAbe.com and TVwithAbe.com since 2007, and has been predicting the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards since he was allowed to stay up late enough to watch them. He has attended numerous film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW, and is a contributing writer for The Film Experience, Awards Radar, and AwardsWatch.


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