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21 October 2019

The distance left to run.

by Andrew MacGregor


Short Films: “Wali” - 4 mins 20s

Afghan-born Wali Noori was a translator for the British Army before an explosion robbed him of his sight. That was in 2009, but, as directors Tobias James and Duncan Nicholls's uplifting documentary shows, it takes more than blindness to keep a man like Noori down.

Deftly shot by DP Chris Dodds and graded by Matt Turner, the film charts Noori's return to active service, albeit in an entirely different arena: running. What should have been his "last moment", therefore, becomes a catalyst for something greater.

His eloquent and impassioned narration is hard to resist, as is the urge to don one's neglected running shoes. After all, if a man who survived an improvised explosive device in Helmand province can do it…


Cinematographer: Chris Dodds Ⓦ
1st AC / Focus Puller: Jonny Iseli
Camera Team: Ollie Jarman
Post Production: Matthew Supersad @ Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Matt Turner @ Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Enos Desjardins
Music Producer: The Sync Agency
Composer: Dan Dunbar

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