• Gun Runners

    Directed by Anjali Nayar
    Canada | 89 minutes | True Stories

  • Gun Runners

    Directed by Anjali Nayar
    Canada | 89 minutes | True Stories

  • Gun Runners

    Directed by Anjali Nayar
    Canada | 89 minutes | True Stories

  • Gun Runners

    Directed by Anjali Nayar
    Canada | 89 minutes | True Stories

Kenya’s Rift Valley produces many of the world’s top marathon runners. It’s also a place of gun-toting cattle rustlers. In this enthralling documentary, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda trade their AK-47s for running shoes… and a dream for a better life.

Schedule

January 8, 2017 1:30 PM Mary Pickford is D'Place Tickets not available
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January 14, 2017 5:15 PM Palm Canyon Theater Tickets not available
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January 15, 2017 11:00 AM Palm Canyon Theater Tickets not available
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film synopsis

If it's a cliché that life is a marathon, it's also true that, for some, life is a marathon. In this enthralling documentary by Anjali Nayar, the two main subjects, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda, used to roam Kenya's Rift Valley with bands of warriors, terrorizing locals and stealing their cattle. But now, because the Valley is also home to some of the world's top marathoners, a government program gives them the opportunity to trade their AK-47s for running shoes. Arile and Matanda are soon training alongside elite long-distance runners in an attempt to qualify for the New York Marathon and a chance for prize money and sponsorship that will pull them and their families out of rural poverty.

It is a testament to Nayar's own endurance as a storyteller that she was able to gain the trust of her subjects and, for over eight years, document the many ups and downs of their lives. In the end, we see them not as "winners" or "losers" but fully formed human beings whose struggles won't be settled on the track.

film details

Country: Canada
Year: 2016
Running Time: 89 minutes
Language: Swahili
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Anjali Nayar
Producers: Annette Clarke, Kat Baulu
Cinematographers: Joan Poggio
Editor: Andrew MacCormack
Music: Darren Fung
Screenwriter: Anjali Nayar

guests in attendance

Anjali Nayar – Director (January 8 only)

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