Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini hopes the biopic helps others. And she adds the film will give viewers 'joy, hope, tears, sadness'.

Syrian refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini, who almost drowned at sea fleeing war - torn country before competing at two Olympics, hopes a new film about her life will help other displaced people.

Yusra, 24, believes '' The Swimmers, '' chronicling the perilous journey across Europe she and her elder sister Sarah undertook in 2015, has an ''amazing message'' that will give viewers ''joy, hope, tears, sadness''.

The dramatisation, currently showing in some UK, US and German cinemas before its global release on Netflix next Wednesday, portrays the two leaving their parents and younger sister in Syria to seek refuge in Germany.

Once there, Yusra managed to start swimming training and qualified for the 2016  Rio Olympics, then the Tokyo Games five years later as part of the refugee team.

''When we decided to make this movie ....... we wanted to see the impact,'' she told the audience at a London screening of the film this week.

''It is very important that this movie is going to show what a real refugee is actually like. We want to be DJs. We want to be architects. We want to be doctors, engineers - and we are, even before coming to the Western world.

The 134-minute film, set to a pulsing soundtrack featuring the likes of Australian singer Sia as well as Arabic music, recounts the sisters' near-death experience crossing the Aegean Sea in a damaged rubber dinghy taking on water.

On the treacherous voyage from Izmir in Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, the tiny vessel  -carrying nearly 20 people rather than the half dozen it was designed for - threatens to capsize after its motor dies.

The sisters, who were among the few on board who could swim, jumped into the water for several hours to lessen the weight of the stricken inflatable until it could finally reach shore.

''It was really, really scary for us, even if we're swimmers,'' Yusra recalled, adding that she was most concerned about a child in the dinghy - despite only being aged 17 herself.

'' It's sea. It's not the pool and you don't know what to do.'' [AFP]  


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