Run Woman, Run woman
Filling, busy, and ultimately satisfying, Run Woman Run seems like a potluck of a movie.
It is a unique and adventurous story of a widower who tries to keep on moving forward in her life. It is about the life of a woman who is looking to connect her sister and her son. It contains the message of the importance of language and the benefits of healthy living, particularly at-risk ones like Mohawk. It has a rum-com subplot with a meet-cute. There is even the appearance of a ghost in it.
But if someone asks me to explain the whole story of the Run Woman in one sentence; it would be Beck Runs a Marathon. Whether or not she succeeds to do it or not but at least she tries to do it.
Actor and comedian Dakota Ray Herbert performs the role of Beck who lives freely on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. He lives devoid of doing anything worthwhile entirely unmotivated and aimless. She is too engrossed in her life for a long while until she is diagnosed with diabetes and this happens to be a turning point in her life. This shock leads her to consider doing something extraordinary to overcome it.
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In true uplifting and inspiring movie fashion, she realizes that it is something she requires someone to do with as she found it difficult enough to do it alone. But she felt that her family members who included her younger sister, a teenage son, her quietly feeling aggrieved father have mostly written her off. This was something, she felt largely painful, and decided to find a way to bridge that gap. She sets on the path of training herself for a Marathon as a means of reconnecting with them and with her ancestor. Asivak Koostachin has also an important role as a star in the shape of the spirit of Tom Longboat, an Onondaga First Nations runner who was highly prominent to have won the Boston Marathon in 1907 at the age of 21. “It is not something new or difficult for us but rather it is in our blood,” he tells back, it is something as a metaphor that works on multiple levels in director Zoe Hopkin’s latest feature.
This tale is something really easy to comprehend as it does not involve too much complication. It is based on a simple story that will unlikely surprise the readers but the role of its lead character is remarkably worth appreciating. This movies offer justification to the question of why she and Hopkins were honored at the American Indian Film Festival in 2021, and also the reason why Run Woman Run took home the audience choice award at Toronto’s ImagineNative festival which was held the same year. It is a story that is extensively watched, loved, and admired.