Subjects: Physical and Mental Health, Religion and Spirituality Studies
The documentary 3100: Run and Become is an uplifting, intimate portrait of endurance runners who push themselves to the edge of physical and mental collapse, as they endeavor to challenge the boundaries of impossibility. It’s “Chariots of Fire” meets “Samsara.”
The film follows an unassuming Finnish runner (Ashprihanal) and an Austrian cellist (Shamita) in their attempt to complete the world’s longest certified footrace, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. The 3100 promises personal expansion and, indeed, participants come from around the world to shatter their limitations and discover a deeper sense of self. The small group of competitors gathers to run a distance that approximates a US cross-country run -- a total of 3,100 miles. The race requires 60 miles per day for 52 straight days, or 5,649 laps around one city block in Queens, NY.
Ashprihanal and Shamita’s 3100 journey takes the audience from the heart of this astonishing event in an urban city to sites around the world where ancient cultures have held running sacred for millennia, including the Kalahari Desert, Arizona’s Navajo Reservation, and to the sacred mountain temples of Japan. Through the heroic stories of three other runners (Shaun Martin, a Navajo runner; Gaolo of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari; and Gyoman-san of the Monks of Mt. Hiei, Japan) 3100: Run and Become presents a portrait of endurance and transformation.
The film contains unique and rare footage of the vanishing San Bushmen and their ancient hunting practices, as well as exclusive insight to the reclusive Buddhist Monks of Hiei and their sacred traditions. It exposes the ability that people have to go beyond competitiveness and athletic prowess and to push themselves not for glory, but for spiritual enlightenment.
US Theatrical Release & Winner, Director's Choice at Illuminate Film Festival
“Rawal has shined a light on the universality of the run as an enduring pathway to enlightenment.” – Broadway World
“A sweeping examination of running’s spiritual nature … primed to deliver!” – Men’s Health
“This film shows how great anyone can become when they transcend their limits.” – Tegla Loroupe, Women’s Marathon World Record Holder
“The path to self-transcendence begins with 3100 miles.” – Outside Magazine
About the filmmaker
Sanjay worked in the human rights and international development sectors for 15 years and in over 40 countries before focusing his love for photography and storytelling onto filmmaking. His first two shorts, Ocean Monk (2010) and Challenging Impossibility (2011), screened at over 120 festivals including Tribeca, St. Louis and Locarno. Sanjay then directed his first feature, Food Chains (2014), which premiered at the 2014 Berlinale and then screened at Tribeca before securing domestic distribution from Screen Media.