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Marathon Boy

  • Director(s):
    Gemma Atwal
    Gemma Atwal, Matt Norman
    • United Kingdom, United States
    • 2010
    • 98 min
    • HDCAM 1080/50i
    • Oriya, Hindi, English

At three, Budhia Singh had already run six 13-mile half-marathons. Born into the slums of Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, Singh's mother sold him to a peddler for 800 rupees. Not long after Biranchi Das, a judo teacher who also runs an orphanage, bought him back, and soon discovers Budhia's talent for running.. But when Biranchi has the four year old Budhia run 42 miles, the debate begins: is he providing Budhia with a rare opportunity, or is he exploiting a boy too young to know what he really wants. When the government gets involved the case becomes a political football, and rumours of vast sums of money attract gangsters eager to drive a wedge between Biranchi and Budhia. What starts out as a real Slumdog Millionaire turns into a the stuff of film noir, a tale of dreams, greed, and envy, with a child at its centre.

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Commissioning Editor, ARTE-SWR:
Martina Zoellner 
Consulting Producer, Gucci Tribeca:
Ryan Harrington 
Consulting Producer, Sundance Institute:
Rahdi Taylor 
Peter Haddon 
Executive Producer:
Alan Hayling 
Executive Producer, BBC Storyville:
Greg Sanderson 
Executive Producer, HBO:
Sheila Nevins 


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