DOCUTAH transports runners to lofty goals with ‘Run free,’ ‘Race that Eats its Young’

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival offers two special movie treats for marathon runners.

Screenshot from trailer for documentary film, “ManIslam,” which talks to four men in four countries who are pushing a more progressive version of Islam, one that questions ideas about patriarchal roles in society … and the obstacles they face. The film will show at DOCUTAH International Film Festival in the Dolores Doré Eccles Main Stage on Dixie State University campus, at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of DOCUTAH, St. George News
Screenshot from trailer for documentary film, “Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” which chronicles the life of Micah True. The film will show at DOCUTAH International Film Festival at the Eccles Fine Arts Center on Dixie State University campus, at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and at 8:40 p.m. Sept. 10, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of DOCUTAH, St. George News

Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco chronicles the life of Micah True (Caballo Blanco, or the White Horse), legendary American ultra-runner who helped the Tarahumara Indians of Northern Mexico preserve their running culture by creating a 50-mile ultra-marathon that combines aspects of traditional Tarahumara running with the ideology of modern ultra-running. This inspirational story will leave viewers amazed by True’s courage and touched by his dedication. The festival offers two screenings: Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 8:40 p.m. at the Dixie State University, Eccles Fine Arts Center.

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young has a completely different flavor. Every year, 40 runners come from around the world to a small town in Tennessee to test their limits in a cult-­like, quirky and virtually impossible trail race created by the mysterious Lazarus Lake. With a secret application process, unknown start time and a course that changes every year, the Barkley Marathons has only had 10 people finish in 25 years. Inspired by a historic prison escape gone awry, what follows is an oddly inspiring story where pain has value, failure is spectacular and it only costs $1.60. The film will be screened Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Electric Theater and Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Sears Gallery at Dixie State University.  Click play  play-arrow  above to watch the trailer.

Screenshot from trailer for documentary film, “ManIslam,” which talks to four men in four countries who are pushing a more progressive version of Islam, one that questions ideas about patriarchal roles in society … and the obstacles they face. The film will show at DOCUTAH International Film Festival in the Dolores Doré Eccles Main Stage on Dixie State University campus, at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of DOCUTAH, St. George News
Screenshot from trailer for documentary film, “The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young,” about the secret race held in Tennessee. The film will show at DOCUTAH International Film Festival in the Electric Theater, at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and at the Sears Gallery on Dixie State University campus Sept. 12 at 10, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of DOCUTAH, St. George News

“For those of us who cannot imagine running a marathon, these two films leave us awestruck,” said Phil Tuckett, artistic director for DOCUTAH, associate professor at Dixie State University and the director of DSU Films. “In some ways, although each race was originated for very different reasons, the end result is similar — a test of the limits of human endurance and determination. Since our festival is held in a place where people come to enjoy the outdoors and often test their limits, we felt both of these documentaries belonged in it.”

About DOCUTAH

DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and intellectual discussions. DOCUTAH strives to enhance the education of independent filmmakers, aspiring film students, citizens of the world and the Community. DOCUTAH is one of the few university-sponsored film festivals in the United States. It is an International pure documentary film festival. As part of Dixie State University’s academic component, DOCUTAH also offers master class seminars and filmmaker panels where student, amateur and professional filmmakers can discuss and advance their skills in the art of filmmaking.

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