The Hebrew Bible tells the story of Moses, a man who led the Exodus across the Red Sea to save hundreds of thousands of Jews from slavery and execution at the hands of the Egyptians. This is perhaps the first tale of mass evacuation that children get to know about in their religious scriptures, and it is certainly not the last. People still have to leave their ancestral homes, they have to run for their lives from the towns and cities they grew up in, they have to leave the country where generations of their family have lived and died. It happened thousands of years ago and is still happening all around the world. Humanity prizes itself for showing tremendous courage in the face of a travesty. What we forget is that it is more often than not us inflicting the pain and unimaginable cruelty on each other.
The more astounding thing is that we never really learn. We repeat the same crimes over and over again, to see if there are still any heroes amongst us; if people still have the strength to survive the worst of things. ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ focuses on the story of the Ethiopian Jews who had to flee their motherland from the fear of persecution, taking a journey through the desert, surviving starvation and disease to find their way to the promised land. If you haven’t yet seen the film, catch it on Netflix. SPOILERS AHEAD
Summary of the Plot
The story begins with two Mossad agents, Ari Levinson (Chris Evans) and Sammy Navon (Alessandro Nivola), helping Kebede Bimro (Michael K. Williams) smuggle a group of Ethiopians to the refugee camp in Sudan. When they are arrested by the Sudanese police, the agency decides to pull the plug on the operation and they are called back home. However, Ari refuses to let it go and comes up with an ingenious plan to get the Ethiopian Jews out of the refugee camps and allow the Israeli Navy to get them to Egypt. He proposes it to his superiors and all of them agree that it is an insane idea, but with no other option, they decide to greenlight it. The strategy is to use an abandoned diving resort as the base for operations and use its port to give an escape to the people.
To bring the plan to action, Ari brings together a team of individuals who are insane enough to take the assignment. This includes Rachel Reiter (Haley Bennett), Jacob Wolf (Michiel Huisman) and Max Rose (Alex Hassell). They strike a deal with the Sudanese government in the guise of a businessman. Their identities as Israeli and Jews remain a secret (considering the hostility of Sudan towards Israel at that time). They renovate the resort and even host tourists, all the while getting hundreds of refugees safely across the continent, every couple of days. Despite the success rate, they are not free of the danger. Soon, they come across a psychopathic Colonel Abdel Ahmed (Chris Chalk) who is suspicious of them and will jump at the first mistake they make. It is the matter of when, rather than if.
The Ethiopian Civil War