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In a time where racial tensions continue to mount, and racist stereotypes continue to spread, a documentary on swimming hopes to make waves by changing mindsets.

The film a called ‘The Black Line‘ features Cayman’s Olympic swimming brothers, Brett and Shaune Fraser. By using their story, it’s hoped people will realize the power of swimming no matter their race, gender or creed.

Executive Producer and Writer Joshua Bratter, told Cayman 27, “Sports are a metaphor and a vehicle to tell larger stories. That story that lies within the individual, that lies with in the struggle, within the challenge, within the identity of the individual pushing the sport is the real story.”

“With an estimated 372,000 people drowning world-wide each year Shaune hopes this film can serve as a much-needed life raft…through raising awareness.

He said, “I think that this film has the potential to kind of just increase awareness for swimming not only through out the Caribbean where my bother and i swam during our younger years but in the united states where drowning in on a sub epidemic level.”

Director and Producer Stan Jacubowikz, the pool offers a perfect glimpse into the state of society. During and interview with Cayman 27 he said,  “Whatever was happening in the pool its a reflection of what’s happening in reality, what’s happening in our society. If there is racism and segregation in our pools and the bodies of water then there is segregation and division in today’s society.”

The prowess of the Fraser brothers in the pool has elevated the brothers to the status of role models to Cayman’s youth, and now the man behind the movie says the world needs more Frazers.

Mr. Jacubowikz said, “We did interviews throughout the [United] States and one of the things that we found was that what swimming needs especially African-American swimming is heroes and role models. We got that from regular people and we also got that from Olympic level swimmers.”

The film will screen at CayFilm on Sunday (July 3) at the Ritz-Carlton Those behind it hope its ripple effects will make a splash where it really matters, in the lives of everyone in and out of the pool.

About the author

Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

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