The Secret Marathon

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Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2021 6:30PM

Where: Roxy Cinema
5 Park Rd, Miramar, Wellington, 6022, New Zealand

We are honored to have Batool Arif, a member of the Afghan Community in Wellington and a Community Advocate at ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum, and Kathrine Switzer, legendary runner and activist for women’s running equality who will join us for questions and discussion after the screening. $5 of every ticket sold will be donated to ChangeMakers Wellington to assist Afgan refugees to resettle in our city. Please Note: The Roxy will be a vaccination pass venue on 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

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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