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Solo

Directed by Damien Schumann
Year: 2020
Type: Trailer
Toni McCann disrupted the world of trail running in 2018, when she lined up for her first-ever marathon, against the strongest field of mountain runners ever assembled, and dominated the field to a podium finish. Overnight she became a professional athlete and has excelled ever since. 2020 was a year with much anticipation with her being a favourite to win the World Skyrunning Series, but as with the rest of the world, COVID-19 eradicated those plans. Instead, she found herself housebound for 2 months, alone, unable to practice her trade and passion, and without access to the people closest to her, while the South African economy was thrown into turmoil. Through an intimate video diary, Toni records her thoughts and experiences as she grapples with the loss of her identity as a runner, lonesomeness and the craving for human connection, her privilege as a middle-class citizen, and the uncertainty of what the future holds. What is revealed is the tight bond within the running community and her family, and how this support structure is the foundation for something far more powerful than just running. It is a very personal, yet relatable account of the pressures of isolated living, and attempting to flatten the curve for the greater good.

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