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USA, 2013, 92 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Drama, Sports
Program: DocumentaryLanguage: English
DIRECTOR: Jennifer Steinman
Producer: Jennifer Steinman, Diana Iles Parker, Yael MelamedeEditor: Jessica Congdon, Jennifer SteinmanCinematographer: Sevan Matossian
Imagine you’ve been dropped off in the middle of one of the largest, driest deserts in the world. Over the next six days you’ll have to run, jog, walk, or crawl 155 miles through the incessant heat (up to 120 degrees), across soft sand and hard-packed gravel, over sand dunes multiple stories high, and down razor-sharp rocky cliffs. You must do this carrying everything you need to survive—clothes, food, sunscreen, emergency medical supplies, sleeping bag—in a 20-pound pack on your back. Now imagine doing this not just once, but four times in one calendar year, through the four most treacherous deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt, and then the final stage, a 150-mile footrace across the planet's single most inhospitable landscape: Antarctica. Desert Runners tells the intimate, inside story of what can happen when a group of ordinary people make the life-changing decision to attempt the extraordinary.
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