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“My age is old, but my heart is young”
Ayele Setegn also known as Haile Satayin, was born in 1955 and always dreamed of becoming an athlete. He used to be a long distance runner as a young man here in Ethiopia. Haile decided to become a marathon runner just after he migrated to Israel in the 1990s. He left for Israel as part of Israel’s massive repatriation effort called ‘Operation Solomon’.
He has won 31 national titles in his career but his personal best time, which is 2:14:21, was registered at a marathon meet in Venice, Italy on October 26, 2003.
In 2008, he became the oldest marathon runner to compete at the summer Olympics held in Beijing. At the age of 52 he finished in 19th place in the men’s marathon competition. He was once reported to have said, “My age is old, but my heart is young.” That is what the runner focuses on when he races for prizes and he continues to prove that perseverance always pays off.
“Running Movie” is a documentary film that focuses on this fascinating long-distance runner. The film follows the athlete as he practices in Ethiopia, far away from his wife and eight children, and bears witness of his moments of victory and defeat as he competes in marathons around the world – from Berlin, Germany to Tiberias, Israel. The film shows that, despite financial difficulties and struggles with the cultural gaps as an immigrant in Israel, Haile believes that he has no choice but to run; his survival depends on it.
A film about this fascinating runner, written by Omer Peled and produced by Gidi Avivi, will be screened at the Italian Cultural Institute on Wednesday, February 27th 2013. Don’t miss it!