Wednesday 1 May 2024

Beyond the Raging Sea (Marco Orsini, 2019)

Beyond the Raging Sea follows the harrowing tale of Egyptian adventurers Omar Nour and Omar Samra (Team O2) as they take on the Talisker Atlantic Challenge, an unsupported 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua.  After two years of preparation, with little open water experience, Team O2 embark on the world’s toughest row. Sponsored by DHL, and in collaboration with UNHCR and UNDP, they dedicated their journey to the displaced people who face peril crossing dangerous seas.

On Day 9, 600 miles into their journey, disaster strikes when Team O2 is hit by 45-knot winds and 8-metre waves that cause their boat to capsize. As they struggle to maintain their grip on a barely inflated life raft, Samra and Nour face the same dangers and decisions as the refugees they seek to aid, in this daring true-life rescue story. A survival story of epic proportions, Beyond the Raging Sea is a gripping first-person account of that experience narrated by those who lived it, capturing what they endured, what they felt and what it meant.

Beyond the Raging Sea was written and directed by Marco Orsini, whose Gray Matters screened as part of Design Museum Brussels' 2022 CineDesign programme. He is the writer, director and producer of seven acclaimed documentaries. Starting his career in television in the 90s, Marco produced 60+ hours of primetime programming for US and South American markets before turning his talents to writing and directing. His award-winning films and scripts have been translated into French, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish.

Omar Nour is an entrepreneur and retired professional triathlete. He represented Egypt on the Olympic triathlon circuit from 2010–2017. In business, he is the co-founder of VENTUM—a performance bike company—and the founder and chairman of Enduro Supply. Omar Samra is an adventurer, mountaineer, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and future astronaut. He is the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits and ski to both the geographic south and north poles (the Explorers Grand Slam).

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Images: Ben Duffy