Beyond the Raging Sea

Director: Marco Orsini
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The film was presented as a work in progress in the Doc Corner of the Marché du Film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Sponsored by DHL in collaboration with UNHCR and UNDP.
Participated in the European Film Market (EFM) at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Had a sold out premiere at El Gouna Film Festival, and a full-house screening at the Cairo International Film Festival.
Had a special screening to commemorate World Refugee Day in Cairo in 2021. Simultaneously, the film screened online within the events of Hong Kong’s 14 th Charity Refugee Film Festival.
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2019/ Egypt - USA70 min/ Documentary, Action, Adventure
Beyond the Raging Sea follows the harrowing tale of two Egyptian adventurers, Omar Samra and Omar Nour, as they take on the world’s toughest row, an unsupported, perilous 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The extreme journey is part of an annual ocean-rowing race called the Atlantic Challenge.
Omar Samra
Omar Nour
Screenwriter: Marco Orsini
Frederick L. Greene
DOP: Ahmed Gabr
Editor: Vincent Cattaneo
Dionisis Xenos
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Production Company(ies)
Produced In collaboration with
Marco Orsini with Executive Producers:
Omar Nour
Omar Samra
John Giwa-Amu
Ragnhild Ek
film festivals
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
Monaco Streaming Film Festival, Monaco
Charity Refugee Film Festival, Hong Kong
“An edge-of-your-seat ordeal at sea spookily mirrors the refugee crisis.” Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter

“…they got a glimpse of the horrors faced by people who take to the sea out of desperation rather than a thirst for adventure.” Hanna Rantala – Reuters

“This documentary not only grips the audience in fear and excitement, but it transmits an energy to the audience in a way I have not witnessed before.” Sydney Levine - SydneysBuzz