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A New Documentary About the Tarahumara

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The Tarahumara of Mexico’s Copper Canyons have become legendary for their ability to run ultramarathon distances across rugged terrain in homemade sandals, fueled by a diet consisting mostly of corn and beans. A new documentary by Dana & Sarah Films, “Goshen: Places of Refuge for the Running People,” takes a look at the culture of this running-based society, as well as some of the threats facing it, including famine and drug violence.

In addition to footage from a 2013 trip to the Copper Canyons, “Goshen” includes interviews with Christopher McDougall, who wrote about the Tarahumara in his 2009 bestseller Born to Run; Will Harlan, an ultrarunner who founded Barefoot Seeds, a nonprofit seed bank in Urique, Mexico; and others involved with the Tarahumara.

A short trailer can be viewed above; the full film can also be rented or purchased through Vimeo On Demand.