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When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (known as Guor Marial) ran from capture in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in the US. 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 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.

There will be a live virtual Q&A with Guor Mading Maker and filmmaker Bill Gallagher on Saturday at 9PM ET. Those who purchase their tickets before then will receive an email invite to the Q&A.

“Astronomically affecting and heartbreaking, the moments where Maker reunites with his family are some of the most moving images in contemporary cinema.” Andrew Murray, The Upcoming


USA / 2019 / Directed by Bill Gallagher / 88 mins