June 25-July 10 | Not Rated | 87 min | Directed by Bill Gallagher
Q&A on July 1st
When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (known then as Guor Marial) ran from his captors in war-torn Sudan - eventually seeking safety in the U.S. In his new life, Maker began running again, participating in high school track and field and eventually becoming a sensation and qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. But because the newly formed South Sudan was not recognized by the International Olympic Committee, Maker had to fight to compete independently, refusing to run for Sudan and taking a stand against its oppression of the South Sudanese people.
RUNNER depicts Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete, told in intimate interviews with gorgeously animated flashbacks of Guor’s upbringing and culminating in a heart-wrenching reunion with his parents after a 20-year separation. His story is a distinctly inspirational one in which the indomitable human spirit emerges against all odds.
Live Q&A on Wednesday, July 1 at 6pm MT with Olympian and film subject Guor Maker and film director Bill Gallagher. Registration is required to participate in the Q&A. Details available here.
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