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Gun Runners

Gun Runners

| 1 h 29 min

When it comes to world-class marathon runners, Kenyans are considered the cream of the crop. Particularly those from Kenya’s Rift Valley. These athletes have won marathons in London, New York and Berlin, and have set countless world records. But some of Kenya’s top runners aren’t running for fame and fortune. Some are wanted warriors, running for their lives. For years, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda thrive among the roaming bands of warriors that terrorize the North Kenyan countryside. By the time they reach their mid-twenties, stealing cattle, raiding and running from the police is the only life they know. So when both warriors suddenly disappear from the bush, many of their peers assume they are dead or have been arrested. Instead, they trade in their rifles for sneakers—in the hopes of making it big as professional marathon runners. Years of fleeing from the police have prepared the men for running marathon distances, but do they have what it takes to overcome the corruption, mistrust and jealousy that threaten to derail their careers? Or will they give up on their dreams and return to a life of easy power and money? Told entirely by its central characters, Gun Runners is the American Dream, Kenyan-style.

  • writer
    Anjali Nayar
  • director
    Anjali Nayar
  • featuring
    Julius Arile Lomerinyang'
    Robert Matanda Wafula
  • director of photography
    Joan Poggio
  • editor
    Andrew MacCormack
  • music composer
    Darren Fung
  • conductor
    Darren Fung
  • sound design
    Benoît Dame
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • sound editing
    Benoît Dame
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • associate producer
    Debra Njeri Ngeru
    Jon Montes
    Mylène Augustin
  • story consultant
    Binyavanga Wainaina
  • participant
    Zane Branson
    Joshua Chesire
    Jeroen Deen
    Stella Ebei
    Anjali Khwatenge
    Kibor Lelei
    Mary Chepustar Lomerinyang'
    Samson Arile Lomerinyang'
    Edwin Limo
    Eliza Lopilale
    Tegla Loroupe
    Murgor Makale
    Esther Mbondo
    Collins Mubaya
    Isaac Mwangi Njoroge
    Toni Reavis
    Jane Rose Wafula
    Douglas Wafula
    Tony Wafula
    Noah Wekesa
    Benjamin Yota
  • consultant
    Cynthia Knight
    Lynn Trout
    Hannele Halm
    Ari Van Assche
    Manfred Becker
    Gerry Flahive
    Shandi Mitchell
    Geeta Sondhi
  • sound recordist
    Anjali Nayar
    David Jalenga
    Richard Ngugi
    Laura Cunningham
    Petr Styblo
    Mark Kihara
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • additional camera
    Anjali Nayar
    Ryan De Franco
    Sam Heesen
    Jeffrey Whitehurst
  • assistant editor
    Chris MacIntosh
    David Mullins
  • 1st assistant director
    Elizabeth 'Kim' Kariuki
  • line producer
    Caroline Hellen Ngesa
  • gaffer
    Richard Otieno Owino
    Tony Otieno
  • still photography
    Anjali Nayar
    Piotr Redlinski
    Georgina Goodwin
    Tobin Jones
  • production assistant
    Emily Wanja
  • driver
    Peter Njonde
    Amos Chege
    John N. Kimani
  • senior production coordinator
    Isabelle Limoges
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • program administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • business affairs
    Dominique Aubry
    Stéphanie L'Écuyer
    Jean-Claude Wasik
  • head of coordination and project support
    Pierre Ferlatte
  • post-production supervisor
    Roslyn Power
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
    Chris MacIntosh
    Steve Hallé
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • graphic design
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • subtitles
    Debra Njeri Ngeru
  • musician
    Nicholas Di Giovanni
    Benjamin Kwong
    Jean-Christophe Lizotte
    Ben Comeau
    Mark Nelson
  • associate music producer
    Vincent L. Pratte
  • orchestration
    Vincent L. Pratte
  • music technical preparation
    Harrison Lee
  • music recordist
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music mixer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music production assistant
    Vincent Lefebvre
  • music recording assistant
    Tim Gowdy
  • assistant music editor
    Tim Gowdy
  • re-recording mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • foley artist
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • foley assistant
    Sylvain Robillard
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • additional music research
    Colin MacKenzie
  • translator
    Debra Njeri Ngeru
    Whitney Nerima
    Evelyn Kahungu
    Haron Kolem
    Francis Tuliamuk
    Kevin Mafumbo
  • transcription
    Whitney Nerima
    Debra Njeri Ngeru
    Erin Oakes
  • archives research
    Debra Njeri Ngeru
  • rights clearances
    Nancy Marcotte
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
    Kat Baulu
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
    Ravida Din


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