A new emotionally-charged short film uses that simple question to break down the door into the personal struggles, successes and insights of every runner you pass on the street.
The Runners, directed and produced by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gomley, follows runners through Victoria Park in London, England. The director-producer team, on bicycle, approach people out on a their run and simply ask why they are running. From there the conversations are pushed into more intimate and personal questions.
The two had an idea that people would be more willing to open up and answer questions truthfully while running, and they were right. The directors ask the questions that are avoided in polite conversation and are rarely answered truthfully.
The runners in the film open up to the directors, one cycling along with the other in tow holding a camera.
The 11-minute documentary opens with a girl admitting she’s hungover and couldn’t make it to the gym, but won’t answer any more questions. From there it transitions into a rare window into the stories of love and sex, depression and passion, family, and belief. The responses cover a wide range of emotions and the directors are unflinching in allowing their subjects to articulate themselves in their own manner as they run.
In a busy world it’s easy to forget everyone you pass in the park has their own story, and a reason why they run.