‘Runner’ film tells story of refugee turned Olympian. Watch now

Here’s a chance to watch a documentary that will get your heart racing.
“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.
Anyone interested in viewing the film can rent it for $12 in the screen near the bottom of this page.
The film won several awards in a festival run in 2019 and early 2020, including the best of fest audience award at Woods Hole Film Festival, the audience award and best documentary jury prize at Naples International Film Festival, the human spirit award at BreckFilmFest and best documentary at Fairhope Film Festival.
Freep Film Festival (the documentary film festival produced by the Detroit Free Press) and Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon are both presenting partners on the film’s virtual release. Revenues from the rental of the film through this page will be shared with the festival and marathon. The film is also being hosted by more than 120 film festivals, theaters, races and refugee advocacy groups around the country.
Two members of the film’s distribution team, Jenny Feterovich and Steve Bannatyne, were producers on two of the most notable documentaries to have played Freep Film Festival: “The Russian Five” and “Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine.”
To watch “Runner,” follow these steps:
1) Press the “Rent $12” icon on the screen above. (Pressing the Play icon will start the film’s trailer.)
2) It’s $12 to watch the film. You’ll be prompted to input your email to create an account, and then enter your credit card. Payments are processed securely via Stripe, a PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification available.
3) Once you purchase “Runner,” the film will be available for viewing for 72 hours.
4) Those who rent the film will be sent a link to watch a live Q&A at 9 p.m. Saturday featuring the film’s subject and director.