Limitless: Power and Freedom in Running

Limitless: Power and Freedom in Running

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The desire to run is a topic which has sparked interest in people for many years. It’s an activity in that no-one will ask you to do. You do it purely for yourself; for your own internal reasons.

Vrinda Samartha’s Documentary ‘Limitless’ has recently come to Netflix.

The film, originally released in 2017, takes us into the homes of eight women living in India. Their lives differ in many ways but the one thing they have in common is that they all run. 

Some of them run alone, some of them in groups. Some for pleasure, some for medals, some for confidence and some for money.

“Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do.”Nina Kuscik

In this documentary Samartha has created an intimacy through her storytelling, making the film incredibly touching. Something about the stories of the women and their determination to take to run, makes each appear like a superhero. They are resilient, buoyant even, and they have increased their independence by taking to the road.

Writer and marathon runner, Haruki Murakami said:

“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level.”

As such, this film isn’t about running so much as it is about will-power and human spirit. I would recommend watching it to everyone, but women especially. 

Catch it on Netflix now!

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