Best Film & Best Actress at American Indian Film Festival
Directed by Zoe Hopkins, Run Woman Run is a rite-of-passage dramedy with an element of magic. Beck, a single mom, lives in Six Nations, Canada where her dream of becoming a Mohawk language teacher has been forgotten about since the death of her mother. Beck hits a new low at the start of the film when she collapses, and gets a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. She knows something has to change, but she doesn’t know where to start. Her conscience appears to her as the ghost of Tom Longboat – real-life sports legend of the early 1900s. Tom becomes Beck’s trainer and inner voice. Beck has been languishing in unresolved grief for years at her dad’s tire shop. She hates her job and is only going through the motions. She drives to her mailbox at the end of the driveway, eats terribly, and is uninspired in life. Tom teaches Beck to become an honour runner, where she dedicates each of her runs to an aspect of creation or a special person in her life. It is through these Honour Runs that Beck turns her life around, becoming who she was before grief took over. Along the way Beck meets Jon, a guy who grew up outside of Six Nations, but who has moved home to reconnect with their community. With the help of Tom, Beck embraces the possibility of a new love, a renewed relationship with her son and family, and a new shot at her dream of speaking her language.