From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you'll travel with the film crew to Ethiopia. Learn why running in Ethiopia is so hard, how nomadic Afar herders welcome guests, and how many times it takes host Niobe Thompson to get his lines right.

See the trailer: vimeo.com/36338816

The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012.

Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A
March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada

Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012)

Synopsis
How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.

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