Five inspirational family road trip documentaries

Aug. 13, 2017

We have always liked road trips. As spectators, we simply love to sit on a reserved seat inside the car - or even on a boat - to witness the memorable moments that the road offers us. Guidedoc knows this and has prepared for you this list of five documentaries that will make you feel the wind on your face.

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At 60 Km by Facundo Marguery (2014)



It is best road trip documetary films. Mario Sabah and his two sons get into their old car to finally try to fulfill a lifelong dream: to go around the world on four wheels. Starting in Uruguay, the trio manages to spin their way through five continents and 45 countries in which they almost die of cold in Canada, face a deadly crossing by a dangerous border in the Middle East and, in Istanbul, get to know to their idol, the captain of the Uruguayan football team. The most interesting thing about this road trip is that we get to see how they grow spiritually, whether it is finding love, asserting their courage or learning to defend their ideas and principles during the challenges they face in order to continue their journey. A key scene in the film shows this issue during their stay in Australia. There, the three men argue passionately about where and when will be the end of their adventure. The World Cup South Africa 2010 now seems as a provocative destination.


Little World by Marcel Barrena (2013)



Albert, a paraplegic young Catalan boy, has decided to fully live his freedom through a hitchhiking journey on his wheelchair to the other side of the planet, with zero budget and only relying on the good samaritans of the road. Albert, though, won’t travel alone. His girlfriend Anna will stand by his side, documenting the journey through more than 20 countries. Motherless at an early age, diagnosed with leukemia at five and paraplegic as a result of the treatment, far from being a victim, Albert is a radiant blue-haired young Catalan with a beautiful girlfriend, a loving family and an extraordinary positive spirit reflected in his constant smile. Albert is happy to almost inconceivable extremes. He doesn’t antagonize his wheelchair nor place it on a pedestal. His journey is a story about being independent, the coming of age and one´s attitudes when facing adversities.


Missing in the land of Gods by Davor Dirlic (2012)



During a trip to India with his best friend, Ryan Chambers, the son of Australians Diane and Jock vanished completely. Before disappearing, Ryan only left a note in which he writes "If I'm gone, I'm not dead. I need to free minds, but first I had to free my own." After several trips to India in a period of seven years without success, the Chambers decide to make a last trip together to the immense Indian subcontinent to reencounter with Ryan. During their tour around various regions of the country, they approach different beliefs and philosophies of life that Ryan could have resorted to enriching his spirit. They also get to know gentle volunteers who offer themselves to help them in their search. But finding or not their beloved son does not seem to be the only two options for Diane and Jock, two optimistic explorers in a journey full of hope and superstition.


The Weekend Sailor by Bernardo Arsuaga (2017)



This film may be an exception in the list; it has the same essence of the others but as a trip over the sea. In this inspirational documentary, the incredible sailing trip around the world by Mexican entrepreneur Ramón Carlín and his family in 1973 pass in front of our eyes not only as one the most important feat in the history of sailing but as a truly memorable family experience. One can even feel the mist of the ocean waves on the face when seeing the grainy images of the beautiful 16mm color footage that director Bernardo Arsuaga uses to illustrates Carlin’s journey.Testimonies of Carlin himself and his fellow sailors, including his own sons, are the main narrative resource to tell the details of this unforgettable journey.


Together by Denis Shabaev (2014)



Russian director Denis Shabaev sets off on a road trip with his daughter to her grandmother's house, but the true destination is uncertain. The absence of a mother gives way for father and daughter to have a trip of two solitudes that find themselves inside a car or in the open air of the different stops that they make during the route. Like her father, the girl sometimes films from her point of view, making the trip a fractal experience full of random perspectives. A hotel room in the middle of the road is also a good opportunity to edit the film that is being filmed and which is interrupted by the constant phone calls that Shabaev receives. They are the reminders of the work of a father who tries to heal his absence among the puerile games of a girl who begins to realize the change to come.

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