Running the Sahara (2009)

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Running the Sahara is a feature documentary narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll. This powerful and inspirational film chronicles an attempt by three ultra-marathoners to run across the entire length of Africa's Sahara Desert, tackling not only the elements, but also unimaginable physical and emotional obstacles. Their goal is to run across six African countries, anticipating two marathons per day, for eighty days ... … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
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On DVD: Dec 23, 2008
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½

I always enjoy reading travelogues of exotic places and books about people doing things I would never, ever think of doing. So, as you could imagine, I hit the jackpot with the documentary "Running the Sahara." Personally, I think running a marathon is crazy enough but running two marathons a day on a 7500 kilometer journey from Senegal to Egypt through the Sahara Desert takes a special kind of certifiable. That's where extreme runners Charlie Engle, 42, of North Carolina, Ray Zahab, 37, of Canada, and Kevin Lin, 30, of Taiwan come in. Of course, it helps that they have the three most supportive and understanding significant others in recorded history.

While "Running the Sahara" focuses on the runners and their personalities, I was left wondering at the end about the differences between running on different surfaces, especially sand. At the same time, that leaves little room for interaction with native peoples or sightseeing. Even then, the documentary still manages to capture some memorable images of the region. It should be noted that this was before the Arab Spring(getting into Libya is a whole struggle in and of itself), so things might be different now, but what never changes is the hard lives of the peoples living in the desert which the filmmakers seek to help by building wells.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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An absolutely great film! Matt Damon narrates in this documentary. Beautiful scenery.

iLeo
Leo L

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½

great feat interesting idea. you really could get involved in what they are doing accept. where to start there really is no story to this even for a doc. i was really never sure why they were running? and all these beautiful views they could have had were never really explored. this could have been one of the great docs. if there was a good director. all in all a good watch but i couldnt see anyone wanting to watch this more than once.

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