Marathon Boy, a film by Gemma Atwal
Hard life drives boy's Olympic quest
In celebration of Houston Museum District's fourth Museum Experience of 2013, Asia Society Texas Center is proud to present the tale of Budhia Singh, a four-year-old East Indian slum boy who captures the attention of a nation as he begins his training for an Olympic future.
After the young boy’s popularity grows and monetary prizes result from his achievements, the government turns its attention to his coach, Biranchi Das, and his motivation for training Budhia. The unbelievable true story, which provides a unique insight into a modernizing country’s impoverished masses, rivals a fiction plot for its dramatic effect and heart-pounding course of events.
Released by HBO Documentary Films, Marathon Boy won numerous awards, including Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the EBS International Documentary Festival in Korea, and was an official selection at the Moscow International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival.
Parental guidance suggested for some adult situations and brief scenes of violence
Recommended for ages 14 and up
Video: Theatrical Trailer
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