Jury Award, Best Documentary, Racing the Rez

Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to announce that Brian Truglio, director of the film, Racing the Rez, awarded AIFF’s 2012 “Best Documentary”, will be premiering his film at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on Friday, October 19 at 6:00PM.

Brian, a local filmmaker from Somerville, MA, has fused his passion for running with his strong connection to the people and culture of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Racing the Rez is a documentary that tells the story of Navajo and Hopi runners from two rival high school cross country teams in northern Arizona who are fighting for a state championship. Shot over two years, it focuses on how the sport impacts the lives of five boys growing up on the reservation and helps them confront the challenges they face on and off the course.
Truglio will be present for a discussion following the screening with Christopher McDougall who was a big supporter of the project, helping Brian fundraise on Kickstarter to complete post-production. At this special screening McDougall will reveal the “Best Story Never Told”, the missing chapter of Born to Run which concerns the Hopi tradition of running. Larry Gagnon, accomplished athlete, motivational speaker and long- time affiliate with the Boston Athletic Association will moderate the discussion.