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Directed by Alan Zweig
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Canada | 84 minutes | World Premiere
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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo, who raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his 1984-85 coast-to-coast run and was subsequently disgraced by numerous troubles with the law.

Winner, Platform Prize, Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival

Intro and Q&A with director Alan Zweig, January 8 at 7pm and January 9 at 2:30pm

Three decades ago, Steve Fonyo, an 18-year-old who'd lost a leg to cancer, became both a national hero and the youngest recipient of the Order of Canada when he ran across the country to raise funds for research. His life since has been no fairy tale. Substance abuse, jail time, and the government's decision to strip him of his Order of Canada left Fonyo publicly disgraced and forgotten. (The only attendee at an anniversary celebration of his epochal run was the cop who busted him.) Yet he soldiers on, eventually giving us glimpses of the teenager who had the perseverance to complete such a feat back in 1985. Though Fonyo's story is transfixing, it is director Alan Zweig's empathy and wit that lift this documentary to the level of contemporary classics like Crumb. Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) shows us a Canada seldom seen onscreen — and rarely with such impact.

—Steve Gravestock

Il y a de cela trois décennies, Steve Fonyo, un jeune homme de 18 ans ayant perdu sa jambe à la suite d'un cancer, devint à la fois un héros national et le plus jeune récipiendaire de l'Ordre du Canada. Il avait en effet traversé le pays en courant afin de récolter des fonds pour la recherche. Depuis ce jour, sa vie n'a pas tout à fait été un conte de fée. Abus de substances illicites, séjours en prison et décision du gouvernement de lui retirer l'Ordre du Canada, tout cela a entaché la réputation de Fonyo, l'a laissé dans la disgrâce avant que le public ne l'oublie totalement. (L'unique personne présente lors de la célébration de l'anniversaire de sa course marquante fut le policier qui l'a arrêté.) Cependant, il tient bon et continue coûte que coûte, nous dévoilant ainsi un aperçu de l'adolescent qui a eu la persévérance de compléter cet exploit en 1985. Si l'histoire de Fonyo est captivante, c'est bel et bien l'empathie du réalisateur Alan Zweig et sa finesse d'esprit qui permettent de faire accéder ce documentaire au rang des grands classiques comme Crumb. Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) nous montre un Canada rarement vu sur écran.