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Dead Sea Guardians

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2022
  • 78 / 52 min.
  • Director(s): Ido Glass, Yoav Kleinman
  • Producer(s): Ido Glass, Yoav Kleinman


The Dead Sea, shared by Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians – is a unique salt-lake, known for its exceptional geographical, biological, and historical value, and is the lowest point on Earth. Tragically, the Dead Sea is drying up, causing widespread damage, including huge sinkholes, abandoned beaches and collapsing roads. This is not an act of nature. This is due to overconsumption and poor water management. If action is not taken soon, very little of the Dead Sea will remain.

In a region of ongoing conflict, troubled politics and destructive economics, natural resources have been exhausted and are urgently signaling their demise. To save the Dead Sea, the surrounding countries must work together. Three people – a Jordanian, an Israeli and a Palestinian – feel they cannot just stand by and do nothing. They decide on a heroic act, an unprecedented, extremely dangerous SWIM across the Dead Sea, from Jordan to Israel, which will draw the world’s attention to the plight of the vanishing Sea. This story can only happen now – when everyone and everything has been brought to their knees – the dying Sea, the water deprived countries, and the people who live along its shores.

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Ido Glass, Yoav Kleinman


Ido Glass, Yoav Kleinman


Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Original Language

Hebrew, English, Arabic


English, Italian, Russian, Czech, French

Supporting Funds:

Sundance Institute, Skoll Foundation

USA Educational Licenses by GOOD DOCS

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Festival Highlights


    Religions for Peace International Award
    Religion Today Film Festival

    Special Jury Mention
    Riviera International Film Festival

    Best Film
    Green Academy Awards

    Pioneer Award
    Richmond International Film Festival

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece, 2022

Documentary Edge International Film Festival, New Zealand, 2022

Riviera International Film Festival, Italy, 2022

Fort Myers JFF, USA, 2024

Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2024

Films For Future, Switzerland, 2023

Richmond International Film Festival, USA, 2023

West Virginia JFF, USA, 2023

Ventura JFF, USA, 2023

Philadelphia Israeli FF, USA, 2023

New Jersey JFF, USA, 2023

Hartford JFF, USA, 2023

Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Paris, France, 2023

Greenville JFF, USA, 2023

Boca Raton JFF, USA, 2023

Vancouver JFF, Canada, 2023

San Diego JFF, USA, 2023

Carpentras JFF, France, 2023

Chagrin IFF, USA, 2022

Kendal Mountain Festival, UK, Competition, 2022

This Human World FF, Austria, 2022

Australia JFF, Australia, 2022

Other Israel FF, USA, 2022

Centre Film Festival, USA, 2022

Hong Kong JFF, Hong Kong, 2022

Blue Water Film Festival, USA, 2022

Milano JFF, Italy, 2022

Warsaw JFF, Poland, 2022

Rochester Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2022

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2022

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2022

Los Angeles Isrraeli Film Festival, USA, 2022

Verde Giffoni, Italy, 2022

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA, 2022

Charlottesville Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2022

Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2022

Chicago Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2022

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2022

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2021

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  • Dead Sea Guardians skillfully engages viewers while conveying the multifaceted challenges confronting this unique geographical wonder.
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