“There are so many fascinating aspects to RUNNER that one barely knows where to begin. Sports, immigration issues and the violent, war-torn history of Sudan are but a few of the topics dealt with in Bill Gallagher’s engrossing documentary.” - The Hollywood Reporter
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.
“An uplifting, inspirational, and monumental symbol of hope, Maker is the kind of figure whose stories documentaries were made for telling.” - The Upcoming