'The Red Sea Diving Resort' starring Chris Evans revisits one of the biggest rescue missions in history from Sudan to Israel
Netflix has made us laugh, cry, cringe, and furious, and sometimes those emotions are inspired by a fictional character and their fictional problems that often ring too close to real-world problems. Sometimes though, there are biographical stories that remind us that the truth is stranger than fiction – certain times crueler.
Netflix’s upcoming biographic drama starring Chris Evans is one such story, and despite its inhumane settings, it does have a positive ending. The movie is inspired by the real-life rescue mission that led Jewish-Ethiopians living in a refugee camp in Sudan safely to Israel both by sea and by sky.
'The Red Sea Diving Resort' basically sees Evans portraying a superhero without the spandex costume. The incredible rescue mission – which lasted for over five years – saw a group of international agents and brave locals join hands for one of the biggest humanitarian undertakings of all time.
The rescuers, who were part of 'Operation Brothers', used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of Jewish-Ethiopians whose lives were under threat in the early 1980s. While Evans plays Ari Kidron, the charismatic leader of the rescue mission, Bahamian American actor Michael Kenneth Williams portrays Kabede Bimro, who is Ari's Ethiopian counterpart in the mission.
With veteran actors such as Sir Ben Kingsley and Greg Kinnear in other prominent roles and helmed by Israeli writer and director Gideon Raff, 'The Red Sea Diving Resort' is one of the most important movies of the year. Other actors in pivotal roles include Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michiel Huisman, who was recently seen in Netflix’s 'The Haunting of Hill House'.
Despite the risks of dramatizing or romanticizing the refugee crisis, it is important to show the refugee crisis on screen so as to spread awareness and inspire people to learn more. Make sure you tune into 'The Red Sea Diving Resort' on Netflix come July 31.