COMRADES Feature Documentary

Simtar Productions

Feature Length Documentary

An intimate snapshot of modern South Africa, Comrades is a vibrant character study following the conflicting journeys of seven diverse South Africans competing in the country’s most celebrated sporting event – the 90km Comrades marathon. The film also tells the extraordinary story of the Comrades Marathon itself- a race that has borne witness to the country’s social and political upheavals since 1921, emerging as a powerful symbol of unity and the ‘new’ South Africa.


Production:  Simtar Productions
Director:  Poppy Simpson & Dagmar Tatarczyk
Producer:  Poppy Simpson & Callen Hodgskiss
Co-Produder:  Jon Coutts
Director of Photography:  Michal Rulka

In Competition: International Documentary Festival Amsterdam November 2008 (First Appearance Award) Official Selection: Belfast Film Festival March 2009 Rhode Island International Film Festival 2009 Action on Film International Film Festival 2009 (Best Sports Documentary) New Orleans International Film Festival 2009
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