In his debut novel Bruiloft aan zee (1996), Abdelkader Benali, Dutch author of Moroccan descent, intro­duces a protag­o­nist who is a long-distance runner. This is an auto­bi­o­graph­ical element, as Benali is an ardent racer himself. Since recent years, he runs marathons, setting times that would become a profes­sional athlete. He used these expe­ri­ences for his novel De marathon­loper. This short docu­men­tary shows Benali as a marathon runner, training in Morocco, and as a writer, confer­ring with his editor Peter Nijssen. The latter links up running and writing, as they both require fanati­cism and tenacity befit­ting an endurance sport. Archive footage of new talent Benali cleaning in a butcher’s shop and conver­sa­tions about the origin of Bruiloft aan zee alter­nate with images of the laurelled author, taking Koran classes and trav­el­ling to his native Moroccan village to find inspi­ra­tion for his new book.

Title: De jacht van Abdelkader Benali
Year: 2009
Duration : 52 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2009

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