Adventures in the desert

TWO film-makers set off from Devon to drive the notorious Plymouth to Dakar route, and on to the Gambia – their adventures and the people they met were filmed and the resulting documentary will be shown at the Athenaeum theatre at Warminster on Wednesday 27th July at 7.30pm.

Daniel Petkoff, a locally-based osteopath, print-maker, photographer and film-maker, and Peter Shields, undertook the Plymouth to Dakar Challenge in two old Mercedes vans with two friends. As well as the challenge of the rally they had also arranged to transport prosthetic limbs for a Bristol-based charity to a clinic for amputees in Gambia.

While travelling through Western Sahara they met underground Saharawi activists living under Morocco’s long occupation there. This encounter provides an insight into the little-known story of the indigenous Saharawi people, who for decades have endured repression and systematic human rights abuses in the pursuit of their dreams of self-determination rights and independence.

Struggling to get to their destination, the team joined up with two adventurers in a fire engine and a crazy Frenchman, while crossing the minefields in the Sahara Desert.

After the screening of You Can’t Get There From Here, there will be a Q&A session with the director.