The Secret Marathon

Promoted By Demand Film

Date: Mon, Dec 13, 2021 6:30PM

Where: Hoyts Riccarton
Westfield Riccarton, Christchurch, Canterbury, 8041, New Zealand

Join us for a very special one-off screening of The Secret Marathon. We have partnered with the filmmakers and their designated charity Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. For every ticket sold $5 will be donated to assist Afghan refugees resettle in our city. Please Note: Hoyts will be a vaccination pass venue come December 3rd 2021.


  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Additional booking fee of $2.00 per ticket.
  • (Includes all applicable taxes)
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The Secret Marathon

Year: 2019

Genre: Documentary - Sports & Fitness

Classification: Check the classification

Producer: Kate McKenzie, Scott Townend, Martin Parnell

Director: Kate McKenzie & Scott Townend

When the first Afghan woman stood up for her freedom and ran in the Marathon of Afghanistan, she started a movement for equality that spread around the world. Zainab’s story inspired legendary marathon runner, Martin Parnell, to imagine what his life might be like if his gender prevented him from going outside to run. Martin vowed to run in the Marathon of Afghanistan the following year to support Zainab, and partnered with filmmaker and first time marathoner, Kate McKenzie, to tell the story. To avoid making the marathon a target for terrorist attack, they must train, and travel to Afghanistan in secret, where they will uncover unexpected beauty, incredible hardships, and the amazing people who stand for change. This is the story of the brave Afghan women who are risking it all for the freedom to run