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Gun Runners

Anjali Nayar
2016 | 89 min 38 sec

Prizes and awards

  • Official SelectionHot Docs 2016

  • Best Cinematography in a Feature-Length Documentary SelectionCanadian Screen Awards 2017

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Anjali Nayar
Writer and Director
Biography
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Anjali Nayar

Anjali Nayar is one of the top up-and-coming talents in the world of film. Over the years, her award-winning filmmaking and journalism work has explored a myriad of topics from climate change to political activism to pop culture. In her fractionally fictional documentary, Just A Band, Nayar chronicles the ambitious plans of an Afro-electric pop group that dreams of fleeing the pressures of superstardom by travelling to space. Her short film, Kenya Rising, which was broadcast under a pseudonym on Al Jazeera in 2012, documents the efforts of an award-winning Nairobi photojournalist who decides to set his camera aside and build a movement to fight political corruption in the East Africa country.

With Gun Runners, her first documentary feature film produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Nayar establishes herself as an emerging auteur filmmaker of note by sharing the stories of two former North Kenyan warriors who transform their lives by trading in their rifles for sneakers to become professional marathon runners. Over the course of several years, she intimately captures their successes and setbacks as the seasoned cattle rustlers transition from a lawless life running from the police to a highly structured training schedule in the hopes of outrunning the world’s top athletes.

Nayar’s meaningful work has led her to collaborate with a number of Oscar and Emmy award-winning filmmakers, including Jonathan Stack, Edward Zwick, Steven Markovitz, Morgan Neville and Himesh Kar. Her films have been supported by such prestigious foundations such as the Sundance Documentary Fund, Britdoc, Hotdocs and many others.

Beyond film, Nayar founded the TIMBY project, which brings together designers, developers and filmmakers to break divides to tell stories that change the world. TIMBY is a suite of digital tools that helps activists report, verify and tell stories safely and efficiently. Since 2006, she has also worked as a journalist for Nature Magazine, Reuters, the BBC, CBC and NPR based in East Africa and Asia. She has covered everything from the World Cup in South Africa to virus hunting in Central Africa.

In 2010, Nayar won the global environmental journalism prize from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for her investigative work on forest conservation in Madagascar. The same year, her documentation of deadly glacier outbursts in the Bhutanese Himalayas won the ICIMOD prize for climate change journalism.

Nayar has a Master’s degree in Documentary Film from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Oxford University and a Graduate degree in Space Science from the International Space University.  She is currently directing and producing Logs of War, a cross-platform documentary about a group of activists who use smart phones to expose land grabs and corruption in West Africa. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

 


Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
Biography
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Annette Clarke

Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer whose award-winning films challenge stereotypes and bring diverse voices to the forefront. For the past 25 years, she has collaborated with both emerging and established talent to tell powerful, transformative stories. As Executive Producer for NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic studio, Annette has met cattle rustlers in Kenya, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered bluefin tuna, rock-star chefs decrying food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books. Annette’s recent producer credits include Vive la rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light(2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award),Gunrunners (2015, Hot Docs) and Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF)


Kat Baulu
Producer
Biography
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Kat Baulu

As a creative producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Kat Baulu supports auteurs working on documentary, animation and interactive projects. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating stories with social impact. She produced Jobie Weetaluktuk’s award-winning documentary Timuti, filmed in his hometown of Inukjuak. Kat has collaborated with celebrated Indigenous artists and filmmakers such as Nadia Myre, Courtney Montour, Tracey Deer, Michelle Smith and Paul M. Rickard.

Kat is currently launching the short experimental documentary Three Thousand, directed by Asinnajaq (a.k.a. Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk), and the hand-drawn animated film SHAMAN, by first-time filmmaker Echo Henoche.

Images

Georgina Goodwin
Photo : © Georgina Goodwin
Anjali Nayar
Photo : © Anjali Nayar
Matanda and Arile at Tegla Loroupe race 2006.
Anjali Nayar
Photo : © Anjali Nayar
Arile in front of United Nations.
Georgina Goodwin
Photo : © Georgina Goodwin
Arile running at dusk.
Anjali Nayar
Photo : © Anjali Nayar
Matanda with children.
Georgina Goodwin
Photo : © Georgina Goodwin
Georgina Goodwin
Photo : © Georgina Goodwin
Georgina Goodwin
Photo : © Georgina Goodwin
Piotr Redlinski
Photo : © Piotr Redlinski
ING New York City Marathon bridge view.
Anjali Nayar
Photo : © Anjali Nayar
Tegla Loroupe Peace Race.
Anjali Nayar
Photo : © Anjali Nayar
Georgina Goodwin
Photo : © Georgina Goodwin
Arile training in Iten.
Anjal Nayar
Photo : © Anjal Nayar
Eliza Lopilale, Arile's wife.
Anjali Nayar
Photo : © Anjali Nayar
Matanda's mother, Jane Rose Wafula.
Piotr Redlinski
Photo : © Piotr Redlinski
Group running in ING New York City Marathon.
Georgina Goodwin
Photo : © Georgina Goodwin
Arile running in Iten.
Anjali Nayar
Photo : © Anjali Nayar
Cattle and Gunrunners
Piotr Redlinski
Photo : © Piotr Redlinski
Arile is victorious in ING New York City Marathon.
Joan Poggio
Photo : © Joan Poggio
Beauty of hillsides.
Tobin Jones
Photo : © Tobin Jones
Kenyan cattle rustle.
Tobin Jones
Photo : © Tobin Jones
Tobin Jones
Photo : © Tobin Jones
Cattle rustlers in the bush.

Credits

A NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA Production

In Memory of Arile’s mother
MARY CHEPUSTAR LOMERINYANG’

Written and Directed by
ANJALI NAYAR

Featuring
JULIUS ARILE LOMERINYANG’
ROBERT MATANDA WAFULA

Director of Photography
JOAN POGGIO

Editor
ANDREW MACCORMACK

Music Composed & Conducted by
DARREN FUNG

Sound Design and Editing
BENOIT DAME
CATHERINE VAN DER DONCKT

Associate Producers
DEBRA NJERI NGERU
and
JON MONTES
MYLÈNE AUGUSTIN

Story Consultant
BINYAVANGA WAINAINA

Participants
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

Consultants
CYNTHIA KNIGHT
LYNN TROUT
HANNELE HALM
ARI VAN ASSCHE
MANFRED BECKER
GERRY FLAHIVE
SHANDI MITCHELL
GEETA SONDHI

Sound Recordists
ANJALI NAYAR
DAVID JALENGA
RICHARD NGUGI
LAURA CUNNINGHAM
PETR STÝBLO
MARK KIHARA
CATHERINE VAN DER DONCKT

Additional Camera
ANJALI NAYAR
RYAN DE FRANCO
SAM HEESEN
JEFFREY WHITEHURST

Assistant Editors
CHRISTOPHER MACINTOSH
and
DAVID MULLINS

Recreations

First Assistant Director
ELIZABETH ‘KYM’ KARIUKI

Line Producer
CAROLINE HELLEN NGESA

Gaffers
RICHARD OTIENO OWINO
TONY OTIENO

Still Photography
ANJALI NAYAR (KENYA)
PIOTR REDLINSKI (NYC)
GEORGINA GOODWIN (KENYA)
TOBIN JONES (KENYA)

Production Assistant
EMILY WANJA

Catering
PRINCE OF PEACE CATERING

Drivers
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

Featuring:
JULIUS ARILE LOMERINYANG’
ROBERT MATANDA WAFULA
and
EVERLINE ABRAHAM
MOLMOI ACHEMWE
REGINA ACHIL
PAMELA ARISOMUK
SEROMK ATURI
NABA CHABAGI
NYERENG’EI CHEMEL
DORIS CHEPCHUMBA
JOSEPHINE CHEPKOMAE
RODA CHEPKORIR
EUNICE CHEROP
SHARON CHEROP
FLOMENA CHEYECH DANIEL
AKIRA CHUBAGWA
DOMO CHUPANG’OLE
NOAH EVAR
LOMERTUMBO JOSEPH
MIKE KASITIT
ELIJA KEMAGET
TENAICHA KHORIA
EDNA KIPLAGAT
ASBEL KIPROP
WILSON KIPSANG
JOEL KIPTOO
BUSIE KODO
LEAH KUSAR
JOSPHAT LAKONG’
SELINA LEMERI
SELINA LENGIRODOW
EDWIN LIMO
TONY LINGANGOI
SUSAN LOCHIMWA
LOLEMTOINE LOCHIPA
NAMAUA LODAU
SEIYA LOEMERES
LOTODO LOITARU
LOKAPE LOKOPET
POKORE LOKUR
ACHOMODOI LOLES
MOSES LOLUK
SAMSON ARILE LOMERINYANG’
SOLOMON ARILE LOMERINYANG’
MONICA LOMUKET
SAMSON LONG’AR
MONICA LONGIRO
GLADYS LONGIRO
KRISTINE LONGIRODOR
TODONG’ORIA LONG’IRO
NOLEKONG’ LOPETANDRO
JOSEPH LOPEYOKH
LOPAUKO LOPRANGIRO
DORCAS LORENG’
KO LOROMWAS
DOMA LOSENYANG’
LOKEMER LOTION
STEVEN LOTIRE
SELINA LONYANAT
DOMONYO LONYANGAT
KRISTINE LONYOMONGON
TAOUFIK MAKHLOUFI
OPAUA MAPRENDRU
PAU MERINYANY
PIUS MNANG’AT
GIDEON MOGAKA
JOHN MORES
THOMAS MUKE
LOLIAMA NATORO
MILKA NATURO
LOSEWARENG’ NG’OLETEVA
DOMONTANG NG’ORIALIMA
PETER NJONDE
RODA NYANGIRI
NASAWAMONG NYANGRO
RAEL NYOLETEPA
NG’OLANGURA ORAGEDI
PEUWA ORIANA
LOTHIA ORINGA
AKWUCH PALIAPOS
NYAKALES ROSENYANG’
EVANS ROTICH
LODOW ROSOUEN
BENSON RUTO
EMMANUEL SAMAL
REUBEN SAMORI
CHEPAKASOKOM SIAKOT
LONG’IRO TODONG’URA
KEVIN YEKO

POSTPRODUCTION

Head of Coordination & Project Support
PIERRE FERLATTE

Post-Production Supervisor
ROSLYN POWER

Technical Coordinators
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAPRISE
CHRISTOPHER MACINTOSH
STEVE HALLÉ

Digital Editing Technicians
PIERRE DUPONT
ISABELLE PAINCHAUD
PATRICK TRAHAN

Online Editor
DENIS PILON

Graphic Design and Titles
MÉLANIE BOUCHARD
CYNTHIA OUELLETTE

Subtitles
ROBERT GRAY, KINOGRAPH
DORIANE BENZAKEIN, KINOGRAPH

Musicians

Guitar
NICHOLAS DI GIOVANNI

Piano
BENJAMIN KWONG

Cello
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE LIZOTTE

Bass
BEN COMEAU

Drums
MARK NELSON

Associate Music Producer and Orchestration
VINCENT L. PRATTE

Music Technical Preparation
HARRISON LEE

Music Recordist and Mixer
GEOFFREY MITCHELL

Music Production Assistant
VINCENT LEFEBVRE

Assistant Music Recordist and Editor
TIM GOWDY

Re-recording Mixer
JEAN-PAUL VIALARD

Foley Artist
STÉPHANE CADOTTE

Foley Assistant
SYLVAIN ROBILLARD

 

Foley Recording
LUC LÉGER

Music

BRING BACK REAL REGGAE MUSIC
Courtesy of ANDRU BRANCH
©2000 Constant Spring Music and Publishing
Recorded at KINGSTON MUZIK STUDIO, KINGSTON, JAMAICA

JAZZ MIX 1 FRANK’S PLACE
SOUNDS INCREDIBLE PUBLISHING (SOCAN)
JASON NYBERG (BMI)
©2013 Sound Ideas

LIES I TOLD ME
Courtesy of PRISCA OJWANG’
Written, performed and produced by PRISCA OJWANG’
©2014 Prisca Ojwang’

S.O.S.
Courtesy of DELHI 2 DUBLIN MUSIC
Written and Performed by DELHI 2 DUBLIN
©2010 Delhi 2 Music

Additional Music Research
COLIN MACKENZIE

Translators

Swahili
DEBRA NJERI NGERU
WHITNEY NERIMA
EVELYN KAHUNGU

Pokot
HARON KOLEM
FRANCIS TULIAMUK

Luhya
KEVIN MAFUMBO

French
ROBERT GRAY, KINOGRAPH
DORIANE BENZAKEIN, KINOGRAPH

Transcription
WHITNEY NERIMA
DEBRA NJERI NGERU
ERIN OAKES

Archives Research
DEBRA NJERI NGERU

Rights Clearance
NANCY MARCOTTE

Visual Archives
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE PROVIDED COURTESY OF ANJALI NAYAR
FOOTAGE IS COURTESY OF AL JAZEERA
AXIOM IMAGES, INC.
CAMERAPIX LTD.
CHRIS RHYS HOWARTH
CITIZEN, ROYAL MEDIA SERVICES
CZECH TV/PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON
EYE DESIGN LTD.
ERIC HALLARD
FRAMEPOOL
INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK RESEARCH INSTITUTE
JOHN SAMUEL SMITH HEESEN
MEDIA DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (MEDEVA)
MICHEL LAPLACE-TOULOUSE
NATION MEDIA GROUP LTD.
NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS
NFB ARCHIVES
OXFAM GB
SHUTTERSTOCK INC.
TEGLA LOROUPE FOUNDATION
THE STANDARD GROUP LIMITED
THE UNITED NATIONS

The filmmakers would like to thank:
JULIUS ARILE & FAMILY
ROBERT MATANDA & FAMILY
THE NAYAR & CROCKER FAMILIES
ZANE BRANSON &
THE INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS CONSULTANCY
TOBY TANSER & SHOE 4 AFRICA
THE STAFF OF NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS AND ING
GEORGE HIRSCH, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, NYRR
MARY WHITTENBERG, PAST PRESIDENT AND CEO, NYRR
MICHAEL CAPIRASO, PRESIDENT AND CEO, NYRR
CARLO CAPALBO & RUNCZECH
JAN CVACHOVEC
JEROEN DEEN
LEA TIERNAN
JUDY KIBINGE
JACKIE IMALI
MICHELLE VAN BEUSEKOM
TOBIN JONES
SRUTHI PINNAMANENI & FAMILY
PAMELA THORNTON
DENIS MCCREADY
MÜMBI KAIGWA
OTIENO ALOKA
RAILA ODINGA
HONOLULU MARATHON ASSOCIATION, PATRICK BIGOLD
ALAN BROOKES, RACE DIRECTOR
AND THE STAFF OF CANADA RUNNING SERIES & SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON

In Memory of
ZANE BRANSON

and
JOSEPH “APELOYAPUS” LOPEYOKH

and
RYO MURAKAMI

Marketing Manager
FRANÇOIS JACQUES

Publicist
PATRICIA DILLON-MOORE

Producers
ANNETTE CLARKE
KAT BAULU

Executive Producers
ANNETTE CLARKE
RAVIDA DIN



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