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.
Canada 2012, 45 mins. HD, Dir: Niobe Thompson, Clearwater Documentary Inc.
The Perfect Runner was broadcast on CBC networks in March 2012, and will now be rebroadcast in countries around the world, starting with ARTE in German and French on 13 September 2012.
Learn more and buy the DVD at theperfectrunner.com