The image of Samia Yusuf Omar running for last place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forever be imprinted in the minds of those who saw it: the lean Somalian, wearing knee-length leggings and a baggy T-shirt, came in seconds behind her competitors.
What the cheering crowd couldn’t know was what it took to get there. An Olympic Dream follows Samia’s attempt to represent her country again, this time in London. Reinhard Kleist pictures the athlete training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe.
By telling the story of one remarkable woman, Kleist gives voice to the thousands of migrants who risk their lives daily for a better future.
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