Latvian documentary travels the world by firetruck

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Latvian traveler Harijs Sils, continuing what his friend Valdis Brants had started, covered more than 100,000 kilometers across five continents and 51 countries - all by firetruck. Documentary about his adventures "Robežu gūstā" (Border Captivity) is coming to Latvian cinemas already on Friday, Latvian Television reported August 6.

In 2009, one of the firetrucks got stuck on the Chinese-Vietnamese border –  it was brought back home eight years later. "We do not leave our own, the expedition has only been completed when everyone gets home," said Harijs Sils.

The film's authors have stated : "One of the greatest and most unpredictable adventures in life. Drive around half the world in old firetrucks. Five continents and five different expeditions, through Tibet to Latin America to Africa to Cape Town. Nothing could stop us until our firetrucks were blocked on the Chinese-Vietnamese border at one of the most difficult crossing border points in the world. Members of the expedition return to Latvia. You cannot leave someone who has already become a family member because we are not leaving our own. Nearly eight years later, a rescue expedition is travelling from Latvia with the aim of bringing the firetruck back home. This is called a firefighter's rescue operation.”

The film was produced by the film studios “Scuba Films”, “von Films” and “VFS Films”, and distributed by the “Spectrum” film project. The documentary had its premiere on August 5, and from August 7 it can be viewed in cinemas throughout Latvia. 

The film is in Latvian, with subtitles in English and Russian.

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