Watching: The Runners

Yesterday in my media lecture we watched a couple of shorts, and I wanted to share this one because it really hit me. I’m currently writing a feature named ‘Why do we run?’ and have been looking into the various reasons, so this video appeared at the perfect time for me.

We see many different runners, of all age, gender and race, being asked personal questions when running. Often, people run to escape their life; to get some time away from the stresses at home/work. If you run, you’ll know that any thoughts can run through your mind when you’re out alone. Instead of this being a situation where the runners felt vulnerable and cornered, opening up seemed to make them stronger and we hear so many different thoughts and opinions.

“You’re not supposed to look for signs, you’re just supposed to let life happen.”

Directed by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley, they used a bike and a trailer to get their footage. One person was cycling, the other was sat in the trailer filming and asking questions. The end result is unique, in both how it looks and the subject matter. In just 11 short minutes we get to know these runners, see their reasons for being out and hear what is troubling them in that moment. It’s touching, and definitely worth a watch! This article about why they filmed people running is also a great read.

The Runners from Banyak Films on Vimeo.