GUN RUNNERS (2016) - WRITER/DIRECTOR

Gun Runners is the story of two of the most notorious warriors in Northern Kenya who trade in their weapons to become professional runners. Told entirely by its central characters, through a mixture of film and animation, the narrative provides a glimpse into a society caught halfway between tradition and modernity, poverty and glory. On a personal level, the story is of retribution and reform, friendship and rivalry. This is an Emerging Filmmakers Project.

 

Gun Runners is on netflix.

 

Synopsis

Gun Runners (2016) is the story of two warriors from Northern Kenya who trade in their AK-47s for running shoes and the Kenyan Dream of marathon-running. The story follows the men over eight years leading up to the starting line of the New York City Marathon.

The feature-length documentary film premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto in May 2016 to sold-out crowds. You can view the trailer of the film above and download information and the press pack for the film here.

Prizes

  • Canadian Screen Awards (2017) - Nominated for Cinematography

  • Director's Guild of Canada (2017) - Nominated for Best Documentary Film

  • Bud Greenspan Film Award (2017)

Matanda and his wife, Stella, left the seven children they cared for behind when they were killed in a car accident.

Matanda and his wife, Stella, left the seven children they cared for behind when they were killed in a car accident.

 

MATANDA'S ORPHANS

Shortly before the premiere of Gun Runners (2016), Robert Matanda (one of the main characters) and his wife Stella were killed when the bus they were in was hit by an oncoming truck.

They have left behind seven children, five of whom are still in primary school. It has been our only consolation to make sure these kids are loved, taken care of and will get a good education.

Please visit our GoFundMe page, for more information and to make a contribution to these kids's future.