The Runner Movie - Presented Online by Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

The Runner Movie - Presented Online by Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

Last September, the audience at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival chose the documentary RUNNER as best film. Following a successful festival season, filmmaker Bill Gallagher planned to release the film to theaters with a special celebration on June 20, to commemorate World Refugee Day.

Despite the health situation around the world and theaters closed, Gallagher still wanted to mark the day and so is making the film available online along with a live Q&A session on Saturday. The Q and A will include Gallagher and Guor Mading Maker (the main subject of the film) and will start at 9 pm. The film will be available to view from Friday with a 72 hour availability window.

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is always keen to support filmmakers that present their works in town, especially a film as good as this one. We unreservedly promote this virtual film screening and any proceeds that would otherwise come to our own festival group are being donated to Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition , the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.
To Learn more about the film, the screening cost and to watch the trailer, please visit

Tickets are $12 and will be available from the Film Page from Friday

About The Film
Guor Mading Maker at eight years old ran from captivity 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 a 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.