Directed and produced by Bill Gallager
When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (formally known as Guor Marial) ran from captivity in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in Concord, New Hampshire. 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. RUNNER depicts Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to a 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.
Once you play the film you will have 72 hours to finish it. Purchase of a ticket includes access to a live Q&A with subject Guor Maker and director Bill Gallagher on June 20th (World Refugee Day) at 9pm US Eastern. The link to join will be emailed to you upon purchase. If you cannot make the live Q&A a copy of it will be uploaded in the same portal in which you watch the film.