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Running the Sahara

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James Moll

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About the Movie

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 . . . without a day off. Charlie Engle from the United States, Kevin Lin from Taiwan, and Ray Zahab from Canada, have run together in marathons before. But this time is different. This isn't a race. It’s a grueling test of will and a chance to accomplish something that no known person has ever achieved. The films score was produced by Academy Award® winner Hans Zimmer, composed by Heitor Pereira, with songs from U2, Pearl Jam, and original songs performed by Wyclef Jean and the African Children's Choir. Running the Sahara inspired Matt Damon and the film’s producers to create H20 Africa, a non-profit foundation to raise awareness and funding for clean water initiatives in Africa.

Customer Reviews

worth watching

I don't like to give a movie five stars, and this movie had nothing in it that warranted five stars--except the people who were in it and the place they crossed. There was the story, three runners and their support crew trekking across arid countries that most of us fear the thought of visiting, then there was the backstory, an imagined space containg the feelings and thoughts of all ancilary characters who found themselves in front of the camera (and behind it), real people engaged in or coming in contact with a real event. And one begins to wonder which was the event, the crossing of the Sahara by three ultramarathoners or the Sahara itself with its caravans, cloaked faces, dusty walls and open spaces. The seven year old boy sitting alone in the desert waiting for his parents to return with water comes to mind. Which event did the cameras most notably witness? There is a stark, difficult to describe joy in this movie, and there is a hope in it in seeing what we can do and where we can do it.

Inspirational movie - rent this!

Rented this movie on a whim and it was well worth it. A great story set in a fascinating landscape, this movie isn't just about a monumental running expedition - it's also about the people involved and the communities they are running through. A great story.


This is simply a remarkable doc. Great story, determination & congratulations to all involved. Well done!

Running the Sahara
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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