Running on the Periphery

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.

Location

Nairobi
Kenya
  • Jordan Apfeld | January 14th, 2011
    Hey everybody, We are officially done with primary footage!  looks like, by our crude estimates, we have well over 50 hours of video footage--and we're creeping up on 100!  Spent two days in Nairobi finishing off select shots as well as...
  • Jordan Apfeld | January 2nd, 2011
    So, Everything is going amazingly well.  So glad we brought two cameras, many memory cards, batteries and such--we have had technical glitches, especially with our zoom microphone (external mic for tricky situations).  As a rookie team, we...
  • Jordan Apfeld | December 29th, 2010
    Hello all, After 2 days in Nairobi, with experiences ranging from living at UN-exclusive housing compounds to sneaking up the hill overlooking Kibera slums.  What a dramatic switch for Gabriela, who had never been abroad (outside of Costa Rica...
  • Jordan Apfeld | December 19th, 2010
    Hi there! We wanted to take a brief moment to introduce ourselves and our project: Running on the Periphery. I'm Jordan, a pre-med student at Brown University, concentrating in Global Development Studies. I am a sub-Saharan Africa enthusiast, having...