50 Hours Underwater: Maldives veteran diver’s journey releases

Photo: Indre Stuhmer

Veteran technical diving instructor with an impressive career of 27 years, embarked on the brave journey of spending 50 hours underwater on February 25, 2022.

The daring 50-hour dive celebrated the Maldives’ 50th anniversary of its tourism industry, that fell the same year, along with the admirable purpose of raising awareness on the prevailing plastic pollution issue in the island nation.

Now, his underwater odyssey has been immortalized on celluloid with the official premiere of “50 Hours Underwater”.

The documentary, chronicling Shafraz’s underwater journey was made by filmmakers Shahrzad Mazloumsaki and Victor Oonk under their Lifton Media GmbH.

The ’50 Hours Underwater’ was screened in front of 200 guests at the UCI Cinema Theater, Germany | Photo: Indre Stuhmer

The “50 Hours Underwater” was officially screened and released on April 19, 2022 at the UCI Cinema Theater, Germany. The premiere event was attended by 200 guests that included numerous athletes, local celebrities and entrepreneurs.

Top attendees to the event included former football player Daniel Engelbrecht and the Maldivian Ambassador to Germany Aishath Shaan Shakir.

The documentary’s ‘protagonist’ Shafraz Naeem along with his wife, Michelle Wettstein were also in attendance.

As part of the Ocean 6/50 event celebrating the Maldives tourism industry’s 50th anniversary, a 40-strong international team of experts consisting of divers, marine biologists, doctors and environmental activists made the plan for the dangerous dive; one in which Shafraz would spend 50 hours underwater without interruption.

After the screening, a Q&A session was held moderated by Krosny-Wosz where the crew provided some background insights about the dive.

The “50 Hours Underwater” continues on June 08, 2024, and will celebrate its Asian premiere at the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) in Kuala Lumpur. The film is also expected to be available to stream from September 01, 2024.


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