Filming 7915 km
After a brief preliminary round of shooting at the Dakar press conference in Paris in November 2006, Nikolaus Geyrhalter and his crew spent a total of four months, between January and September 2007, filming on the Rallyes route, from Nador, Morocco, to Dakar, Senegal. The convoy of two offroad vehicles and a four-wheel-drive truck covered more than 17,000 kilometers, at times under extreme, wildly varying conditions. The Rallye roadbooks, which offered brief indications of coordinates, laid out the route to the various incidental encounters. A total of over 110 hours of footage were shot with the aid of local coworkers and translators.