“Runner” tells the story of Guor Mading Maker, who escaped captivity in his native, war-torn Sudan, where eight of his nine siblings were killed in that country’s civil war. He eventually landed in the U.S., where he began running for his high school track team and later competed in college. Maker (formerly known as Guor Marial) then went on to qualify for the 2012 Olympics — but not without further setbacks and challenges.
“Runner” details Maker’s journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete, using interviews, animated flashbacks and dramatic footage from his racing career. There’s also an emotional reunion with his mother in Sudan after two decades apart.
Here’s a story on the documentary in Men’s Journal that came out recently.
Here are all of the reviews so far.
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