Who Is Sarah Mardini In Real Life and Who Portrays Her In The Swimmers Netflix?

Sarah Mardini an professional Swimmer from Syria
Sarah Mardini an professional Swimmer from Syria( Source : arabnews )

Sarah Mardini, aged 27, is a professional swimmer born to an athletic family in Damascus City, Syria.

Her story is featured in The Swimmers on Netflix. She and her sister’s biopic is named The Swimmers, which will be released on November 23rd.

She has an inspiring Life and is actively working on Humanitarian work. She serves as a volunteer in Lebanon beach to rescue the refugees from the War Zone. 

She along with her sister is an encouragement for millions of refugees all around the world. With her struggles Sarah still manage to be the Human Rights Advocate and Founder of SHORE (Students Helping Organization for the Refugees).

She was accused of smuggling, espionage and membership of a criminal organisation. Despite the case is against she made a comeback in the voluntary work. 

Her unstoppable work is recognized by the world along with the movie producer Ali Jaafar and he made a biopic drama film.

Who Is Sarah Mardini? Age and Bio

Sarah Mardini is 27 years old. She was born in 1995 in the capital city of Daraya, Damascus, Syria.

Mardini's childhood was spent in the same city, training in the pool under her lifelong coach and father, Mohamed Ezzad Mardini. Her mother is a physiotherapist who always supports her. 

By the age of 20, she had completed her study at a law school in Syria. Her life was going well until the outbreak of The Syrian Civil War.

Then, in August 2015, she and her sister left Syria to Europe because of the war in Syria. The Syrian War completely damaged her house. It was a threatening situation because she had to think about spending her daily life as well. Their journey from fleeing from Syria to Germany is a tragic one with all the difficulties on the way. She is currently living in Hamburg, Germany.

After reaching Germany, she didn't follow her dreams. Instead, she started humanitarian work for the refugees. During her journey, she even had to go to jail in charge of Human Smuggling.

Sarah Mardini actively participating in volunteering activities.
Sarah Mardini actively participating in volunteering activities. ( Source : mobile )

Sarah Mardini True Story on The Swimmers Netflix

Netflix "The Swimmers" is a harsh true story of two sisters chasing their dreams to become Olympic swimmers but forced to flee from their country because of the Syrian Civil War. 

Their entire journey from War-torn Syria to Rio Olympics will be shown in the movie. The movie completely revolves around the Syrian sisters Sarah Mardini and Yusra Mardini.

The story begins with their happy and comfortable childhood when they enjoy swimming practices and take part in swimming competitions. However, their happiness didn't last long until The Syrian Civil War breaks down in 2011 which took many innocent lives.

After the war, their life was like an inmate locked in prison. Their daily life was incredibly disturbed and it was impossible to pursue their career. However, the sisters continue to practice in their local pool. But in the following year, the situation got worse with fighting and heavy bombarding. 

The story of two amazing sisters
The story of two amazing sisters "The Swimmers" ( Source : netflix )

Producer Ali Jaafar has presented the story to the audience so that they can connect with the pain and suffering the people are suffering due to the war. The film has already premiered last month at the Toronto film Festival and London Film Festival.

The production includes some of the biggest names and screens like Scriptwriter Jack Throne, Director Sally EI Hosani, and Executive Producer Stephen Daldry. Overall from the trailer, the movie would justify their incident.

What Happened To Sarah Mardini and Yusra Mardini?

The chaos during the Syrian war was impossible to ignore. Similarly, their house was also destroyed, and her father, Ezzat was also detained in case of mistaken identity and tortured by the paramilitaries.

One day when Yusra was training in the pool, the bomb landed in the pool. So, the father was convinced to send the sisters away from the place, and on August 2015, the sisters Sarah and Yusra leave to for Europe.

The journey to Europe was not easy since they had passed through different dreadful places. They first fly to Istanbul, then Pay to traffickers, then reach Greece. But the journey to Greece was an unforgettable trip for them.

They were moving from an inflatable boat with 18 other refugees even though the boat was meant to be for only 6 to 7 people. After the motor stopped, the boat leaked, and it began to sink into the water in the Aegean Sea. Both of the sisters, along with two other people who can swim, jumped into the water. They pushed the boat for over 3 hours until the entire group reached Greek. They then traveled to Germany.

Sarah and Yusra Mardini pulled the boat to the edge of Lebesos
Sarah and Yusra Mardini pulled the boat to the edge of Lebesos ( Source : theguardian )

They settled in a refugee center in Berlin. Similarly, their parents and younger sister, Shaed, also joined them in Germany.

They joined the swimming club near their living area. The coach in the pool, Sven Spannenkrebs, supported and trained them and also managed to participate in Yusra in the Rio Olympics, in 2016. She amazed the world by winning a heat. She was in every headline of the news. Similarly, on the other hand, Sarah abandoned Swimming to provide humanitarian assistance on the beach of Lesbos.

The show focused on Yusra's sudden fame with an untold story about their struggle. It shows the sisterhood in the good times and bad times. Similarly, the supporting role of Sarah's cousin DJ Nizar accompanies them on their journey, but he did not have a happy ending.

Since the show is focused on their journey to success. But in the trailer, there lacks an important part which is none other than Sarah's arrest while doing Humanitarian Work in Lebanon. She was kept in jail for more than 3 months in charge of smuggling, spying, and belonging to a criminal organization. She was given sentenced to 25 years. However, the Greek Court adjourned the case in November 2021. She was physically and psychologically affected by the incident.

Sarah Mardini's Sister Yusra Mardini and Family Now

Sarah Mardini's sister Yusra Mardini is an Olympic Swimmer who made headlines for her performance in the competition.

Mardini’s family’s father, Ezzat, Sarah, Yusra, and her Younger sister Shehad are all professional swimmers, while the mother, Mervet is a physiotherapist.

Sarah Mardini and her family are currently living in Hamburg, Germany.

There isn't much information about the family in the media. Yusra Madini is the one who got sudden fame from the Olympics. She is the one who gathered the focus on the condition of the Syrian Refugees through her fame and struggle.

Yusra is the middle child of the Mardini Family. She was born on 5th March 1998. She was a player of the Refugee Olympic Athletes. She won the competition of Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. After her success, she was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. In 2020, the swimmer competed as a member of the Refugee Olympics Team in Tokyo.

Olympics Champion Yusra Mardini volunteering at UNHCR
Olympics Champion Yusra Mardini volunteering at UNHCR ( Source : unhcr )

Who Portrays Sarah and Yusra? Meet Actreses Manal and Nathalie Issa

The characters of Sarah and Yusra are portrayed by Lebanese actresses and real-life sisters Manal and Nathalie Issa. They appear on the screen together for the first time.

Lebanese actress Manal Issa playing the role of Sarah Mardini
Lebanese actress Manal Issa playing the role of Sarah Mardini ( Source : irishexaminer )

Manal Issa portrayed the role of Sarah, the elder sister. She had acted in a movie before. She was first seen on the screen in the 2015 movie Parisienne. The Actress starred in the movie "The Anger" and "The Sea Ahead" where she amazed the audience with her extraordinary performance.

She was not sure about the role, so she refused in the first place. However, she later accepted the role.

Manal Issa revealed that "The first time I received the offer for the role, I refused it because I couldn't swim." But the sisters were given swimming lessons by the production team. "It was hard at first, but then we persevered. And once you know how to float, it's nice in the water, and you want to freestyle, and once you have a goal, you want to achieve it."

Nathalie Issa in the character of Yusra Issa
Nathalie Issa in the character of Yusra Issa ( Source : alternative-agency )

Yusra Mardini's character is portrayed by Nathalie Issa. She starred in a Syrian movie, "My Favorite Fabric."
We can only find little information about the actresses since both of them like to keep their privacy.

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