Gun Runners

Directed by Anjali Nayar
Film Movement
89 Minutes
Documentary, Black Cinema
Not Rated
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When it comes to world-class marathon runners, Kenyans are considered the cream of the crop. But some of Kenya’s top runners aren’t running for fame and fortune. Some are wanted warriors, running for their lives. For years, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda thrived among the bands of warriors that terrorize the North Kenyan countryside. Stealing cattle, raiding and running from the police is the only life they knew. So when both warriors suddenly disappeared from the bush, many assumed they were dead or had been arrested. Instead, they traded in their rifles for sneakers—in the hopes of making it big as professional marathon runners. Years of fleeing from the police have prepared the men for running marathon distances, but do they have what it takes to overcome the corruption, mistrust and jealousy that threaten to derail their careers? Told entirely by its central characters, GUN RUNNERS is the American Dream, Kenyan-style.


  • Julius Arile
  • Robert Matanda
  • Highest Rating
    " Gun Runners is a contextual, intimate look inside a world most of us know nothing about."
    Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
  • Highest Rating
    " Gun Runners feels as real as it gets, and the film and audience are better off for it."
    Andrew Parker, The Gate
  • Highest Rating
    "This NFB doc nevertheless tackles some serious subject matter. Gun Runners ultimately delivers a sufficient crowd-pleaser by the finish line."
    Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

Awards & Recognition

Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary
Canadian Screen Awards
Audience Award
Hot Docs Int'l. Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection
Palm Springs Int'l. Film Festival

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