The critically acclaimed documentary “Running the Sahara” will be screened at a special movie night under the stars on September 8, at Jacob Hamblin Park. Starting at 7:30 p.m., entertainment and food will be provided prior to the screenings.

“Running the Sahara,” produced and narrated by Matt Damon, chronicles three runners journey crossing the continent of Africa. Star of the show, Ray Zahab, will be in attendance speaking about his experience running the width of Africa and his other adventures encountered on his conquests around the globe. Immediately following the documentary screenings, a community dance will take place on the tennis courts at Jacob Hamblin Park.

“I love Kanab, and am happy to highlight my experience running in Africa,” said Ray Zahab. He went on to say, “I look forward to talking about making the impossible possible and look forward to meeting everyone at the screening at the park, especially as we gear up for the Grand to Grand Ultra.”

Also being featured at the evening screening is a documentary film called, “Running Bolivia,” produced by Impossible 2 Possible. “Running Bolivia” is a documentary film capturing much more than the breathtaking landscapes in the high mountains of Boliva. This movie follows the journey of the non-profit organization impossible2Possible and five youth ambassadors as they push their mental and physical limits to illustrate to the world that we are capable of achieving the extraordinary. 

“Running the Sahara” is about an international expedition team that included Ray Zahab (Canada) who undertook a quest no human being has ever fulfilled. They ran across the Sahara Desert. Each runner brought his own unique story and motivations, but all unite around a love for Africa and a profound desire to prove that the impossible is possible.

The film is an up-close, character-driven documentary that delves deep into the culture of the Sahara through the eyes of three individuals undergoing a life-altering experience. Along with the runners, we cross six countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya and Egypt.

Through the eyes of our runners, we come to understand the realities of Africa – the beauty and the tragedy inherent in everyday life. This reality is underscored by the recurring theme of water – a daily necessity for our runners, and a daily struggle for many of the people they encounter.

Late in 1998, Zahab made a life changing decision to leave a pack-a-day smoking habit and very unhealthy life choices behind him. On New Year’s Day 2000, he decided to go hiking with his brother John and has never looked back. New to the sport of running in 2004, ultra-marathoning took Zahab from the cold north of Canada to the Amazon jungle. But it was the Sahara desert that ultimately captured his heart. This expedition provided young people with an interactive platform and educational resources through a groundbreaking website.

For more information, please contact Kelly Stowell at or 435-899-0443.