Dead Sea Guardians  שומרי ים המלח

PFS East
125 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Sunday, April 16, 2023, 3:30 pm

Admission: General $15, Students and seniors $13

Three men - Oded, an Israeli Ag-tech expert, Munqeth, a Jordanian environmentalist, and Yusuf, a Palestinian lifeguard – are brought together by their equal passions of swimming and to save the Dead Sea. From the moment they meet, their sole focus is on creating a high-profile event to capture people’s attention to the environmental catastrophe happening in their own backyards. They will put together a group of international swimmers to do something that has never been done: a swim across the Dead Sea, from Jordan to Israel. The film follows this extraordinary action, hoping to achieve exposure that will drive the region's countries to take action.

However, the friendship between the trio is tricky. There are significant cultural differences between them. The political realities, and the personal baggage that each one must deal with, are all explored in the film. This conflict is portrayed visually throughout the film: the tensions between the wonderful landscape whose beauty is unaffected; the destruction of the environment; and the suffocating politics. The only chance for saving this Sea lies in connecting people, bridging their divisions for the greater good. Oded, Yusuf and Munqeth are willing to take the risks, because they understand their steps of trust are the only way to create change.

This screening will take place at the PFS East, the theater formerly known as the Ritz East.

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Country: Israel
Release Date: 2021
Time: 75 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Language: Hebrew, Arabic and English with English Subtitles
Director: Ido Glass and Yoav Kleinman
Topics: Nature
Riviera International Film Festival 2022 - Winner of Jury Prize and Nominee for Best Director
Haifa International Film Festival 2021- Official Selection, Documentaries Competition
Religion Today Film Festival 2022 - Religions for Peace International Award