Beyond the Raging Sea, written and directed by Monaco resident Marco Orsini, will have its European screening this Sunday, July 4, as part of the inaugural Monaco Streaming Film Festival.
The documentary follows the true-life rescue story of Omar Samra and Omar Nour as they attempted the world’s toughest ocean-rowing race, the Atlantic Challenge. Neither of the Egyptian adventurers had ever rowed before but as Team O2 they dedicated their unsupported, perilous 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua to raising awareness of the global refugee crises.
Samra, the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, and Nour, an Olympic triathlete, were not averse to endurance challenges but eight days and 500 miles into their journey, the DHL sponsored team were hit by 45 knot winds and towering waves that caused their boat to capsize.
What follows is “jaw-dropping, you-are-there footage of a remarkable ordeal and rescue at sea” that Orsini seamlessly weaves into the narrative of Samra and Nour, who, in a twist of fate, found themselves facing the same dangers of those they meant to represent. The hour-long doc is made in conjunction with UN Refugee Agency.
“It is surprising that the film has so much suspense, considering the fact Samra and Nour have obviously lived to tell the tale,” the Hollywood Reporter reviewed. “Orsini conjures up a gripping hour of male adventure on the high seas. Taking his distance from Discovery-style docs, he boldly alternates Samra and Nour telling their story against a black background, where white line drawings appear to illustrate what they’re saying.”
To obtain free tickets to Beyond The Raging Sea’s European premiere on Sunday at 5 pm at the Grimaldi Forum contact Lianne@IEFTA.org. Orsini, who is president of the non-profit Monaco-based IEFTA, which promotes film education in developing countries, will be in attendance.
The first Monaco Streaming Film Festival, from July 3-7, is an innovative hybrid “Festival-meets-Summit” with virtual-only content, conferences, market place, premieres and panels for internationally located audiences. All access passes range from 1-day/€50 to 4-day/€150 not including the Gala awards ceremony (€550). It is put on collectively by The Reg Grundy Innovation Award, The Princess Grace Foundation, The White Feather Foundation and The GEMA Foundation.