Name: Sam Jones
Date registered: March 17, 2017
- Yusra Mardini: Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer inspires film — March 17, 2017
Billy Elliot director to tell the epic story of teenager who fled conflict by crossing the Mediterranean and went on to compete at Rio
Stephen Daldry’s films have chronicled the lives and struggles of Brazilian street children, the madness and melancholy of Virginia Woolf, and, most famously of all, the trials and triumphs of a young boy from County Durham who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer.
Few of his characters, however, have had to show quite as much resilience and determination as his latest protagonist, Yusra Mardini.
I thought it would be a real shame if I drowned in the sea, because I am a swimmer
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