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Our Judges say:
A hugely insightful film with stunning landscape shots, drone flyovers and sunlit backdrops, about the young Nepalese runner Mira Rai, who escaped her tiny village by joining the Maoists as a soldier and found her hidden talent - trail running. Now sponsored by Salomon, we see her running and winning races all over the world....and her journey has only just started.
Claire Maxted Claire Maxted
A preview into what it takes to become an athlete from a developing country. What a story Aspire me to follow miars blossoming career as an ultra runner.
Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions
One of Nat Geo's adventures of the year, this is a beautifully told story of ultrarunning in Nepal.
Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.
'Mira' follows the journey of a spirited Nepali village girl on her pursuit to being a world-recognised mountain runner. Growing up in a remote mountain village in Nepal, Mira always dreamed of being successful in sport despite all the challenges that she & other Nepali girls face. After running away from home, Mira joined the Maoist army until as a young adult, she travelled the long distance to Kathmandu to try her luck. Out of money, she was about to return home to her village, when by chance on a morning run, she meets another runner who tells her about a long running race in the local hills. She wins it and soon begins to realise her tough mountain village upbringing has prepared her perfectly for this sport.
This inspirational story, filmed across Nepal, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, Italy & France tells the story of Mira’s journey in the face of adversity to compete against the world's best mountain runners.