Mira Rai film gets Hong Kong pre­miere

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ON J UNE 2 9 , MIRA, A FILM about a young Nepalese woman’s jour­ney to be­come one of the best fe­male trail run­ners in the world, re­ceived its Hong Kong pre­miere. Many of the city’s trail run­ning com­mu­nity at­tended, with the event rais­ing HK$22,000 for var­i­ous char­i­ties through ticket sales. The movie was screened with Chi­nese and English sub­ti­tles, and was fol­lowed by a Skyped Q&A ses­sion with the ath­lete, Mira Rai, her­self. When a mem­ber of the au­di­ence asked Rai what she thinks about when she runs, she re­sponded in typ­i­cally charm­ing and down-to-earth fash­ion: “I don’t think when I run, I just en­joy it.” Speak­ing about his mo­ti­va­tion in mak­ing the film, Lloyd Belcher, the di­rec­tor said, “I didn’t want to just do a run­ning movie. Mira’s story em­bod­ied a lot about what I’m into: ath­lete, artist, so­cial sci­en­tist. It is the per­fect blend of ath­leti­cism and so­cial is­sues, and to cap­ture all these el­e­ments is what drove me.” Lucky draw win­ners went home with prizes from Nike, Hokka and The North Face. The Chi­nese ver­sion of Mira is avail­able via Vimeo on De­mand at vimeo.com/ on­de­mand/mirachi­nese. For US$7.99, you get a 72-hour stream­ing win­dow.

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