The Story behind the Film
This film is about a Black British person’s struggles and fears with not being able to swim and drowning.
It dramatizes his anxiety and borderline trauma which is brought on by several factors as he continues to fight the stereotypes and myths set by society. The film combines acting and real interview footage of various members of the community with their thoughts on the subject and personal experiences.
A Film Called Blacks Can't Swim highlights, challenges and discusses some very interesting perceptions on the myths and stereotypes that surround this topic. Some of these views may be deemed controversial or objectionable and that’s just what adds to making this a great film.
Swimming Nature, UK’s premium provider of bespoke swimming tuition initiated the challenge of teaching Ed how to swim and documenting it as part of the film.
The objective is to raise awareness around the high percentage of people of black origin that fit in this category. There clearly must be a reason behind the disproportionate odds. “A Film Called Blacks Can't Swim” highlights some of the most popular myths behind this. Is it a cultural or physical thing?
Some of the reasons we constantly hear include social issues such as not swimming because the parents didn’t and hence didn’t introduce their children to swimming at an early age, not having access to swimming pools, historic fear of drowning, black women not wanting to get their hair wet and last but not least is one that keeps coming up, the difference in bone density.
Africa has the highest drowning rate in the world with fatalities due to shortages of life jackets and the fact that most people in the region are not able to swim. Even though many say the idea that black people can't swim is nonsense, there must be a reason behind the disproportionate odds that the figures clearly indicate.
The soundtrack to “A Film Called Blacks Can't Swim” was recorded in a humorous tongue in cheek fashion and questions the seemingly overlooked epidemic of why blacks can’t swim.
Swimming is a survival skill and if nothing else, global warming is here, and sea levels are rising.
In Ed’s own words he stated that this is his chance to learn to swim, eradicate the myth and create awareness, but if all fails I’ll continue to avoid all pool parties and move to a house on a big hill!