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Running the Sahara

HD   NR Closed Captioning

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

Nice, Except for the Baby

A selfish, narcissistic bully manipulates and harasses his two humble running partners, the driver, the medic, the producer, and so on, and so on. The "athlete" known as Charlie never says a sincere word, always has an ulterior motive with everything he says/does, and makes sure to put his friggin' David Yurman dog tag on full display as much as possible for the camera. Hey buddy, if "running" the Sahara is so difficult, so taxing, then how did you maintain the energy and focus to be concerned with your jewelry 24/7? Anyway, this is a nice doc, but it's hard not to let Charlie, the man-baby, ruin the film.


This Movie is amazing. its inspirering and moving.

Terrific movie

I bought this movie because I visited the Sahara a couple of years ago and was entranced by it. The movie does a great job of showing the land and the people who live there as well as telling the story of the challenges of running from Senegal to the Red Sea. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories, especially of Agadez, Niger, and as a bonus even included a cameo by Elhadji Mohammed Koumama, well-known Tuareg silver craftsman. I highly recommend this movie.

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

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