Beyond the Raging Sea


Beyond the Raging Sea documentary tells the harrowing story of two UNHCR high-profile supporters and Egyptian adventurers, Omar Samra and Omar Nour (Team O2) as they take on the world’s toughest row across the Atlantic.

Cinema has been a powerful tool to shed light on the plights of millions of refugees around the world and and to provide opportunities for their stories to be told.

Sponsored by DHL, and in collaboration with UNHCR, and UNDP, Team O2 dedicated its row to raising awareness of the global refugee crises. In an ironic twist, Nour and Samra faced the same dangers, terrors, and decisions of those they meant to recognize and relieve.

In Beyond the Raging Sea, that is directed and produced by the award-wining writer Marco Orsini, an elite adventure introduces us to extraordinary people in exceptional circumstances, navigating existential threats and grueling ordeals, fighting for survival, and what comes after.

The film made its European Premiere as the Centerpiece presentation of the Monaco Streaming Film Festival in Monte Carlo in 2021, after being part of the UNHCR Charity Refugee Film Festival in Hong Kong on World Refugee Day. The film was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Market, El Gouna Film Festival, and Cairo International Film Festival.

Screening at VOX Cinemas in Egypt and Dubai from 30 September.


Omar Nour

UNHCR high profile supporter Omar Nour is the first Egyptian professional triathlete in history. He represents his country on the Olympic triathlon circuit and is the fastest Arabic-speaking triathlete in the world.

Nour has a triple major and pre-med degree from John Hopkins University.

Omar Samra

UNHCR high profile supporter Omar Samra is an adventurer, entrepreneur, and future astronaut. He’s the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, the 7 Summits, and ski to both the North and South Pole.

Samra holds a degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from London Business School in Entrepreneurship.