Beyond the Raging Sea, written and directed by Monaco resident Marco Orsini, will be screened this Sunday, July 4th at the first Monaco Streaming Film Festival.
The documentary shares the true-life rescue of Omar Samra and Omar Nour as they attempt the world’s toughest ocean-rowing race, the Atlantic Challenge. Neither of the two Egyptians had ever rowed before, but they undertook the perilous 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua to raise awareness of the global refugee crises. 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.”
Marco 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 a “Festival-meets-Summit” for international audiences. It is put on collectively by The Reg Grundy Innovation Award, The Princess Grace Foundation, The White Feather Foundation and The GEMA Foundation.