The Infinite Race

Bernardo Ruiz

United States 2020, 70 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Spanish, English

Subtitles: English

They are called ‘those who run fast’: Mexico’s Rarámuri people are able to run incredibly long distances on end. But nowadays, ‘you have to run away before they kill you’. Threatened by drug cartels operating in their region, is it too dangerous for the famous Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon?

‘We Tarahumara are born with a gift,’ says Silvino Cubesare, one of the world’s greatest ‘ultra marathon’ runners. This form of long-distance running over extremely difficult terrain is practised in the region of Mexico where the Tarahumara – also known as the Rarámuri – live. Based on the Rarámuri’s tradition of running, which has a ceremonial aspect to it, the ultra marathons were invented by an American who wanted to see American and Rarámuri runners compete. A book about the races became a US best-seller, and now every year the region is flooded with Americans wanting to participate.

But this year, the race is threatened by the activities of drug cartels. The tensions this creates make a lot of deeply rooted problems come to light. The Americans are concerned for their safety, but many of the Rarámuri hope to earn some race money to alleviate their poverty. And the ones who should really fear for their safety, are the local activists and journalists who expose the abuses of the cartels.

The Infinite Race has been selected for the Activist competition and will be shown as a preview at the Movies that Matter Festival 2020, where Irma Chávez will be present as a special guest.

Synopsis

Credits

Productions:

Quiet Pictures

info@quietpictures.com

212 380 6890

quietpictures.com

Talkshows & debates

The Infinite Race: Q&A with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 19:30

Journalist Alwin Helmink speaks after the film with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz about the meaning of running for the Rarámuri in Mexico.

The Infinite Race: Introduction to the film

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 13:45

Introduction to the film by an expert on indigenous rights. 

The Infinite Race: Q&A with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 13:45

Editor of the foreign desk at De Volkskrant Marjolein van de Water talks with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz about the far-reaching consequences of drug cartels in Mexico.

The Infinite Race: Q&A with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:30

Q&A with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz about the importance of the Rarámuri community led by programme maker Hasna El Maroudi.

The Infinite Race: Q&A with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 18:45

After the film Mexican social anthropologist Cesar E. Merlín Escorza speaks with activist Irma Chávez and director Bernardo Ruiz about the situation in the area where the Rarámuri live.