Rio, (documentary film) about open water marathon swimming



  • Free to watch on YouTube.
  • Total length is 33-minutes.


He is neither the fastest nor the strongest swimmer, but driven by commitment and determination, Anthony McCarley, a 60-year-old American swimmer, decides to go on a quest for a unique achievement: swimming across the Río de la Plata (River Plate), from Uruguay to Argentina, and doing the coastal swim Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Through these challenges, we get to know the man behind the swimmer. Anthony McCarley’s motivations go beyond the sporting achievement. RIO tells the story of someone overcoming adversity and pursuing personal growth.

Can you find the places he swam on a Google Map?

Google map

What are the countries?

Other questions:

  • Can you find, identify and describe the flags of all the countries visited and talk about in the film?
  • Can you name two other long-distance swimmers?

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