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“The Red Sea Diving Resort” is a historical spy drama thriller film directed and written by . The movie is inspired by the true story of the Mossad's covert mission to rescue and evacuate Ethiopian Jews to Israel during the 1980s. To accomplish this mission, the Mossad sets up a fake diving resort on the coast of Sudan as a cover for their operations.


The film received mixed reviews from critics. While some praised its gripping premise and historical significance, others found fault in its execution and pacing. The ensemble cast, led by , was generally appreciated for their performances. The film's portrayal of a daring rescue mission against the backdrop of political turmoil in the region adds tension to the narrative.


Set in the early 1980s, the film follows the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, as they devise a risky plan to rescue Ethiopian Jews facing persecution. Ari Levinson (), a Mossad agent, proposes the idea of using a deserted holiday resort on the shores of the Red Sea in Sudan as a front for their mission.

Under the guise of running a diving resort, Ari and his team, including Rachel Reiter () and Sammy Navon (), work undercover to smuggle Ethiopian Jews out of refugee camps and onto the covert operation. The challenges they face include evading Sudanese authorities and finding ways to transport the refugees safely to Israel.

As tensions rise and risks escalate, the Mossad team must navigate a dangerous web of deception and international politics to carry out their mission and save lives.


“The Red Sea Diving Resort” did not receive significant recognition at major film awards, but it generated interest for its portrayal of a lesser-known chapter in history.


The film gained attention for shedding light on a covert operation that played a crucial role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews. Its popularity is driven by the historical significance of the events depicted and the suspenseful narrative that unfolds against the backdrop of real-world challenges.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by
Cinematography Roberto Schaefer
Edited by Tim Squyres
Music by Mychael Danna
Distributed by Netflix
Release dates
  • July 28, 2019 (SFJFF)
  • July 31, 2019 (United States)
Running time
130 minutes
  • Canada
  • United States
Language English

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