Becoming an Olympian is one of the most difficult goals a human can attain. To nearly 20 million refugees focused on daily survival, the Olympics are an impossible dream. For the first time, the International Olympic Committee will sponsor an all-refugee Olympic team. This June, out of 43 potential athletes, the IOC will choose a final team of 5-10. Displaced Champions will profile 3 of these athletes and follow their stories, from hopeful qualification to competition, interweaving their personal struggles with a determination to overcome.
Popole Misenga - Judo
In 2013, Misenga fled the DRC in the midst of Africa’s deadliest conflict. Misenga now resides in Brazil, living in a slum and finding his shoes in the trash. He is a likely contender for the 2016 Judo gold.
“I represent everyone. I’ll get a Medal for all refugees”.
Ysra Mardini - Swimming
17 year old Ysra and her sister escaped the war in Syria last year, partly by kicking a refugee boat much of the way from Turkey to Greece. She is living and training in Germany.
Raheleh Asemani - Taekwondo
An Iranian refugee living in Belgium, where she works as a postwoman. Raheleh recently qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
William Kopati - High Jump
Originally from the Central African Republic (CAR), the former national champion lives in the Mole refugee camp in DRC among other displaced professional athletes.
Displaced Champions is the ultimate underdog story in professional sports today. Olympians supported by their respective countries will compete against athletes living in poverty with no homeland. Through the eyes of these few who’ve been given another chance in life, a much larger story will be told of the many who haven’t.
INTERPRET STUDIOS HAS BEEN FORTUNATE TO TELL THE STORIES OF SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST AND THE BEST IN SPORTS, LIFESTYLE, ENTERTAINMENT, AND NON-PROFIT COMMUNITIES. AFTER 15 YEARS OF PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF CINEMATIC STORYTELLING WORLDWIDE, OUR PASSION IS TO CONTINUE BRINGING OVERLOOKED STORIES TO THE LIGHT, BEING A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS, AND INSPIRING AUDIENCES TO REAL ACTION & CHANGe
Dia De Luz
2 to 3 units must begin following the appropriate stories ASAP in Brazil, Germany, and Africa. This requires immediate scripting, planning & budgeting.