New documentary sheds light on inequalities in swimming

27 Jun 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

A new feature film documentary, entitled ‘A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim’, will tell the story of Ed Accura, a black British man who, after watching an upsetting news report about flooding, develops an acute phobia of water. 

The film aims to help eradicate the negative views associated with black people and swimming, encouraging more people in the community to learn to swim and reducing the number of deaths by drowning. 

The release of the film, produced by Space DNA, reflects recent figures from Sport England, which reported that 95% of black adults and 80% of black children in England do not swim. Additional research also suggests that the risk of drowning is higher among ethnic minority communities.