Run for Life

Run for Life  {Trci za zivot}
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Run for Life
Trci za zivot
Serbia, 2011, 72 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Japan
North American Premiere
Topics: African Interest, Documentary, Sports
Program: True Stories
Language: Amharic, English English Sub-Titles

In 2007, Ethiopian marathon runners Gebre Egziabher Gebre Sellasie, Tamirat Legesse and Estifanos Eshetu travel to Montenegro to compete. Some days later they wind up in Belgrade, Serbia filing for asylum. Stuck for months in a refugee camp, they ultimately contact a local sports club that puts them in touch with a sympathetic trainer. That coach, Zoran Molovic, takes them on as clients, providing them accommodation at his home in the small farming village of Pambukovica in return for their work around the place and a share of their eventual winnings. It’s about this time that the young runners come to the attention of director Maticevic, a marathoner himself. Immediately bonding with the Ethiopians – and buying them some new shoes – Maticevic starts to follow their life in the village, training regimen and races, and their quest for Serbian citizenship. In spite of Maticevic’s stated preference for films with happy endings, this documentary shows that real life is no fairytale. Still, his kindly, down-to-earth spirit dominates the film, especially through his low-key narration.

DIRECTOR: Mladen Maticevic
Producer: Mladen Maticevic
Editor: Suzana Stevanovic
Cinematographer: Nikola Majdak Jr.
Music: Dejan Vucetic
Filmography: How to Become a Hero (2008), 1 na 1 (2002)
Print Source: Starhill -

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