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GRIT – Running Across Iceland

An awe-inspiring journey of resilience and unity across Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes.


In ‘GRIT – Running Across Iceland’, Tom Gibbons captures the raw essence of human endurance and the beauty of solidarity against Iceland’s stark, unforgiving backdrop. This documentary is not just about a grueling 340-kilometer run; it’s a credit to the tenacious spirit of Marie Gamen, Carol Passarelli, and Julia Hewison, each hailing from different corners of the globe, united by their pursuit of personal growth and resilience.

Gibbons’ cinematography is breathtaking, juxtaposing the immense, barren Icelandic landscape against the intimate, emotional journeys of the runners. The film doesn’t shy away from the physical and mental toll of such an endeavor. We witness their struggles, hear their doubts, and feel their exhaustion. Yet, the true beauty of this documentary lies in the palpable bond formed between these three women. Their mutual support, shared laughs, and moments of vulnerability are deeply moving, painting a picture of camaraderie that is both genuine and inspiring.

Interviews scattered throughout their eight-day journey provide insight into their motivations and fears, adding layers of depth to their characters. Gibbons allows the women’s voices to drive the narrative, creating a sense of immediacy and authenticity. The result is a film that is as emotionally resonant as it is visually stunning.

Gibbons delivers a piece that is not only uplifting and inspiring but also a poignant reminder of the strength found in unity and shared purpose.

GRIT Running Across Iceland


Runtime: 28 min

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