2009 Channel 4, Thursday 2nd April. 7:55pm

What does it mean to be Free? We hear politicians talk about “Freedom” all the time. From left to right all sides try to claim it as their own. But what does it mean to ordinary people?

I travelled to America, the self styled “Land of the Free”. By asking the simple question “who is the freest person you know?” I was sent on a journey through the USA, and through this most nebulous of concepts.

Episode 4. A State of Mind

Michelle has found her kind of freedom by pushing her body and mind to the limits. She competes in the Ironman triathalons. These are some of the most gruelling competitions on Earth - a 2.4 mile swim, immediately followed by a 112 mile cycle ride, immediately followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon run.

When asked who is the freest person she knows, she points in a surprising direction - to Jon, a 49 year old man with downs syndrome. What is it about Jon that makes him free? And who will Jon choose as the freest person he knows?

The final installment in a series of four films for Channel 4's 3 Minute Wonder strand, first broadcast April 2nd 2009, 7:55pm.

A Field Studies Production for Channel 4.

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