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Running Shifts Gender Roles in 01:05:12 The Longest Race at UNA Film Festival

We are excited to announce that the Women Sports Film Festival is partnering with the 19th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) to co-present the documentary, 01:05:12 The Longest Race on Friday, October 21 at 4:00 pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto.

The film explores how women in Kenya’s Iten, home to many of the best long distance runners in the world, are changing the socioeconomic landscape in their region through athletics.  Traditional roles for a country like Kenya are reversing thanks to the sport of running.  Social shifts are being seen at home as an increasing number of men are taking care of the children and cooking to allow their wives the much needed time to train and to rest, in order to perform well at the races and hopefully, bring home prize money.

During their travels to competitions abroad, mainly to developed countries, women runners are witnessing the role their counterparts have in society, which they would later try to import back home.  The story shows how women in the region have been gaining confidence thanks to their victories, be it from the way they dress to the way they invest their money – something they can now decide for themselves.

Directed by Javier Triana and Ruben San Bruno, 01:05:12 The Longest Race is the last piece of the Marathon to Gender Equality project, which includes a feature story, an animated movie and a photo gallery.  Tickets to the film are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online.  Admission is free for all students with valid ID.

Founded in 1998 by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic, UNAFF uses the power of documentary film to create a community forum for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, issues and solutions. UNAFF was conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over the years UNAFF has screened some of the most influential documentaries, including seven Academy Award winners and 30 nominees. The festival will run from October 20-30 with screenings in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford University and San Francisco.

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