Two passionate students travel 10,000 miles to discover the truths behind commercial running in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenyan long-distance runners are among the most exceptional people on this planet. For the last forty years, the poor young Kalenjin farmers have been producing long-distance runners who continue to defeat the most highly-trained athletes in the world. Not only is this phenomenon more than worthy of unpacking, but it becomes especially important when considering the simple fact that with an honorable sponsor, winning international races can allow a triumphant runner to literally feed himself, his family, and his entire community. Before a runner makes it big, he or she is unknowing of the realities of competing abroad--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Our documentary film will follow subjects throughout the rift valley who are being leveraged by their coaches and dealers for their phenomenal running talent. It will indirectly target these individuals who refuse to compensate commercial runners appropriately - giving viewers an inside look at the lives of the Kenyan runners on the ground, as well as a picture of the international labor market in which they work. Testimonies of runners, opinions of managers, and expert analysis will be combined in talking about the most contentious issues regarding agency, values, and welfare.This will truly be a merging of the intellectual and the artistic, executed in such a compelling way that when distributed, can be a vital catalyst for change.
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