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A Film About People Running In A London Park Is Going Viral 12 Months After It Was Released

Some of the runners reveal very personal and emotional stories during the short film.

Posted on October 31, 2014, at 11:49 a.m. ET

Take 11 minutes out of your day and watch this short film about people who go running in London's Victoria Park. You won't regret it.

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The powerful short film was created by Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley last year and released in November.

It was nominated for numerous prizes in 2013 in both the UK and abroad.
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It was nominated for numerous prizes in 2013 in both the UK and abroad.

It went viral at the time, and numerous sites, including the Hackney Post, covered the video's success.

And now, almost exactly 12 months later, it has started doing the rounds again.

The film's Facebook page has recognised the renewed interest in the clip and thanked everyone for their kind messages.

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Although the post does reference the Hackney Gazette, rather than the Post.

The YouTube version of the short film has now been watched around 330,000 times.

Writing in The Guardian, on 15 November 2013 – the day the video was released – Gormley said he and Rochlitz had created the film to try to understand what went on in the minds of runners.

He wrote:

What does it do to them and what can we find out about ourselves by interrupting them at this moment of vulnerability and clarity?

My friend and collaborator Matan Rochlitz had the idea that people might be more open if they were asked questions while running. They'd be distracted; perhaps you could ask about things that you couldn't otherwise. Perhaps it would be a different way of asking some big existential questions.

He said they installed a plastic stool inside a bicycle trailer to allow them to record the runners in the park.

The man in this picture was the third person they tried to speak to.
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The man in this picture was the third person they tried to speak to.

They asked the man why he was running, and it turned into a conversation about his father's battle with dementia. Gormley added:

The honesty and clarity with which the stranger expressed his love for his father, opening his arms wide as he ran, was humbling. He looked at us without questioning where we were from, or why we were interested.

He just told us how he felt. In a situation in which he might otherwise be vulnerable and cornered, he was strong and clear.

Gormley said he became envious of the runner's state of mind and focus.

"It made me excited about being human and about their sense of peace and understanding of the present," he wrote."It made me want to be part of it."
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"It made me excited about being human and about their sense of peace and understanding of the present," he wrote.

"It made me want to be part of it."

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