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Image of a promotional still for the film the Runner which will be featured during the Naples International Film Festival


Director: Bill Gallagher
Producer: Bill Gallagher

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When he was only 8 years old, Guor Mading Maker (known as Guor Marial) ran from capture in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek 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.

Runner depicts Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete, told in intimate interviews with gorgeously animated flashbacks of Maker’s upbringing and culminating in a heart-wrenching reunion with his parents after 20 years of separation. His story is a distinctly inspirational one in which the indomitable human spirit emerges against all odds—and it has us urging those in power to choose to do the right thing.

2019, NR, USA, Documentary, 88 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film


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