When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (known as Guor Marial) ran from capture in war-torn Sudan, eventually seeking safety in the United States. In his new life, Maker participated in high school track and field, becoming a sensation and qualifyied for the 2012 Olympics. Because his country - 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, taking a stand against its oppression.
Runner depicts Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to 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.
An uplifting, inspirational, and monumental symbol of hope, Maker is the kind of figure whose stories documentaries were made for telling.