Marathon Boy

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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Documentary telling the story of the youngest marathon runner ever. At the age of four, he is plucked from the poverty of an Indian slum by his coach. Extraordinary drama and tragedy ensue.

What starts as a simple inspirational story - the hope of a small boy and his trainer who unite to pursue a dream in a ruthless world - goes on to reveal the darker side of humanity and the complexities of Indian society as it struggles to come to grips with the realities of the slums, crippling poverty, organised crime and state-sanctioned corruption.

Over a period of five years a compelling human story emerges, full of moral dilemma, dramatic twists and ethical and legal debate.

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  • Photo: Budhia Singh

    Photo: Budhia Singh

    Budhia Singh running a marathon alongside a lorry.

Credits

Series Editor
Nick Fraser
Director
Gemma Atwal

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