Rafael 2 Sat, May 4, 2019 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Running Time:88 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Bill Gallagher
Producer:Bill Gallagher
Cinematographer:Nikki Bramley & Liam Iandoli
Editor:Bill Gallagher & Eric Daniel Metzgar
Print Source:Bill Gallagher Films
Note Writer:Elliott Breeden


OPENING NIGHT: When he was only nine, Guor Mading Maker (known as Guor Marial) ran from capture in war-torn Sudan to 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 qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. But because the newly formed South Sudan was not recognized by the International Olympics 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—and has us urging those in power to choose to do the right thing.

IN PERSON: Director Bill Gallagher, Film Subject Guor Mading Maker

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Additional Information

Bill Gallagher was a Line Producer for the Academy Award®-nominated documentary If a Tree Falls and the Production Manager on Racing Dreams. Both films were broadcast on BBC and PBS. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, he is now living in Madrid, Spain. He studied Documentary Media at The New School and has lectured on documentary production at the University of Navarra in Spain. Runner is his first film as director.