The Human Race
The Human Race is a compelling adventure documentary, set in the Kimberley Region, an ancient, remote and spectacular landscape in North Western Australia. Three men race each other in a test of endurance, survival skills and tenacity as they walk more 500 kilometres from the edge of a meteorite crater in the middle of a sun-scorched desert to the tropical coast.
The Human Race tells the story of: an Australian Aboriginal elder in his seventies who travels with little more than his Dreamtime knowledge and traditional bush skills; a German survival expert, famous throughout Europe, who, at sixty one, still spends his life testing himself to the limit of human endurance; and an American ultra marathon runner in his mid-thirties who attempts to get the winning edge by using today's advanced technology.
The competitors' only mode of transport is by foot. They walk for four weeks over endless red plateaus, through needle sharp spinifex, over rugged mountains, across dangerous water courses and deserts - through some of the world's most inhospitable terrain.
While the event is billed as a competition in the tradition of the 'eco challenge' and 'ultra marathon', it is a 'race' with a difference. Each competitor is required to make the distance surviving off the land, finding his own food and water as best he can.
The drama unfolds on an extremely personal level, showing not only the daunting physical challenge but also the strain on the competitors' psychological stamina. All three men are tested to the limit.