Never stop running: Fellows Friday on the release of Saaed Taji Farouky’s new film, The Runner

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TED Fellow Saeed Taji Farouky’s first feature film, The Runner, documents the life of an activist and runner from Western Sahara, shedding light on the little-known conflict in the region. As the film makes its world premiere July 13 at the Galway Film Festival, Taji Farouky tells us how this documentary came to be, and speaks of his vision for a more inclusive Africa.

Tell us about your film — the subject, how long you’ve been working on it, and how you got involved in telling Salah’s story.

I started filming The Runner in 2009, so it’s been a four-year documentary project from beginning to end. The film tells the story of a remarkable man, Salah Hmatou Ameidan, who uses his talent as a runner to protest against the occupation of his homeland, Western Sahara. Salah is one of the most well-known independence activists from this relatively unknown territory, and…

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