Mira Rai film gets Hong Kong premiere
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.