Against the Current movie poster
Sarah Ferguson from the film Against the Current
Against the Current movie poster

One Woman’s Attempt At A Human First, To Help Change The World.


USA | 2021 | 58 minutes

Against the Current is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the journey of South African endurance swimmer Sarah Ferguson, as she attempts to become the first person ever to swim around Easter Island (Rapa Nui) non-stop. It tells the story of a global team united, not only in trying to make Sarah’s 40-mile challenge a success, but also in using it to raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution. Without being able to touch a boat or another person, her daunting swim was estimated to take up to 32 hours to complete, through strong currents, large waves, powerful winds and other hurdles along the way. Against the Current is now screening at film festivals.

Directed by Tod Hardin

Cinematography and Editing by Erik Aleynikov

Narrated by Matthew Modine


  • Plastic Pollution
  • Sustainability
  • Waste Management
  • Easter Island
  • Sport/Open Water Endurance Swimming
  • Female Empowerment

Sarah Ferguson from the film Against the Current
Moai on Easter Island in Against the Current
John McCarthy from Against the Current

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Plastic Oceans International is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, founded and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #81-3778043). We are dedicated to ending plastic pollution and fostering sustainable communities worldwide.

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