The refugee from South Sudan ran the 2012 Olympic Marathon under the Olympic flag. 

Guor Marial, a Sudanese refugee who competed in the 2012 Olympic Marathon under the Olympic flag, will be featured in a documentary film, “Runner Without a Country,” announced Pamplona, Spain-based filmmaker Bill Gallagher.

The documentary, slated to be released in early 2014 will feature Marial’s life journey – from his childhood in civil war-torn Sudan and escape from a refugee camp to Marial’s settling in the United States, where he became a citizen on February 22 and is now a rising star on the marathon circuit.

“The only running Guor took part in as a child was running to get away from danger caused by the war,” says Gallagher, director of the film. “He is running to give the children of South Sudan – and refugees everywhere – hope.  His life has been and continues to be one of perseverance and triumph over adversity.”

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Marial, 28, qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon in his first attempt at the distance, finishing the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon in two-hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds. Despite having a U.S. green card and refugee status, he could not compete for the United States because he was not yet a U.S. citizen. Marial, who turned down an offer to run for Sudan because he felt it was not appropriate representing a country in which so many Sudanese have suffered, also did not have citizenship or a passport for recently formed South Sudan, his homeland, a country that did not yet have the infrastructure to support an Olympic Games committee and team.

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