Ed Accura (Frank Awuah) is a Black British man who after watching an upsetting TV news report warning of impending bad weather and flooding, develops an acute phobia with water. His anxiety is essentially with not being able to swim and an irrational fear of drowning which pushes him into buying a life jacket which he decides to wear everywhere he goes
Ed is torn between his friends who try and encourage him to learn how to swim and society who dramatically dampens his confidence with stereotypes on Black people and their supposed inability to swim. The film combines drama with real-life interview footage of various members of the black community voicing their thoughts on the subject Blacks Can’t Swim.
The fact is here in the UK 2015
from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) showed that ethnic
minorities in Britain are three times less likely than white people to
know how too.
After-all they have been saying for years that blacks cant swim
for one reason or another including heavy bone density – With 2016
Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Manuel and World Champion swimmer, Jamaican
Alia Atkinson we know that’s a myth – So what is the reason that more
black people don’t take up swimming and have it as an essential like
Also are young minority children in deprived area missing out on
learning to swim as a sport and life-skill through swimming lessons been
cut from their schools swimming curriculum?
With the support of organisations like Swimming Nature the film
Blacks Cant Swim aims to create debate and tackle these questions!