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MIPCOM Picks 2013: “Desert Runners”

This film follows men and women who embark upon Racing The Planet's 4 Desert series encompassing the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt and culminating in a trek across Antarctica over the span of a calendar year.
September 1, 2013

Partners: Smush Media, Salty Features, Spoken Media; distributed by Cargo Films and Releasing

Length: 1 x 85 minutes

Premiered: June 2013 (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Rights available: World, excluding the U.S.

For those of us who get a little winded when indulging in a short sprint to catch the morning bus, the thought of competing in the world’s most challenging ultramarathon – Racing The Planet’s 4 Desert series encompassing the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt and culminating in a trek across Antarctica over the span of a calendar year – is incomprehensible. This film from director Jennifer Steinman follows men and women who decide to embark upon the near impossible – delving into the personal stories behind the runners’ drive, and capturing the action and drama as they push themselves far beyond their limits.

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