Sanjay Rawal is a film director based in the United States. Interested in food and agriculture, he is known for his film Food Chains (2014), which looked at the working conditions of migrant labourers in Florida and California, and the campaign of the Coalition of Imokkalee Workers to raise pay for tomato pickers a penny a pound.
Following another of his great passions, Sanjay’s latest film, 3100: Run and Become (2018), follows the participants of one of the world’s most elusive and challenging multi-day races. The Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race takes place in Queens, New York City. It is held around one square sidewalk block (0.56 miles) and requires at least 59 miles a day for 52 straight days to complete the event.
As it says on the film’s website, “The race promises personal expansion and, indeed, participants come from around the world to shatter their limitations and discover a deeper sense of self. The act of running to transform oneself is as old as time – our ancestors ran not just for survival, but to connect with nature and the divine.”
Sanjay’s story of the runners is interspersed with other inspiring running stories from around the world, including traditional hunters in the Kalahari desert, Native Americans of the Navajo Reservation and Buddhist monks of the mountain temples of Japan. It is a film that calls on us to view our relationship with our bodies and with the landscape around us in a different way, challenging us to push ourselves in our search for connection, understanding and purpose.
Sanjay was delighted to hear of Anthony Rodale’s own running challenge and has offered his words of support:
“The Navajo and many Native American cultures feel that running is a key component not just [of] physical health but [of] spiritual health. As we reveal in 3100 Run and Become, a film I directed that Anthony helped produce, running is a celebration of life; running is a teacher; and running is a form of prayer. When we run, as the Navajo say, our feet are praying to Mother Earth; our lungs are breathing in Father Sky; and we are praying to the Holy People for blessings to become better citizens of the world.
Anthony’s new effort, the Trans Atlas Marathon Harmony Run, embodies these sacred traditional themes. Running is ultimately not done for one’s own benefit, but in the service of others. Becoming more harmonious individuals ensures a more harmonious world, and that’s the meaning of Anthony’s Run. He is running with a purpose of making the world a better place and carrying us all with him.
Often times solutions to big problems are simple. And although modern-minded denizens might be surprised that running can change the world, truth is unaffected by scepticism. Running works.
I wish Anthony and the Sustainable Food Trust all the best because their progress is all of ours.”
To learn more about the film 3100: Run and Become click here.
Photograph: 3100: Run and Become
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