Required Viewing: 30,000
Surfers and twin brothers Richard and Andrew James trekked 30,000km (longer than the circumference of the earth) along the west coast of Africa to shoot their film, the aptly titled 30,000. During their year-long trip, they surfed epic conditions beginning in Casablanca, Morocco, heading south across the Sahara to Senegal, Liberia, Angola and Namibia, eventually wrapping up in Cape Town, South Africa. At one point, while buried in sand up to their axles in the middle of the Sahara, a herder dressed in rags appeared. He let air out of their tires, placed rocks under the wheels and manuevered the car onto solid ground. After photographing them with a digital camera, he disappeared back into the desert. 30,000 debuted to excellent reviews, winning Best Film of 2012 at the SurfWorld Festival and Best Soundtrack at two other festivals.