The Long Distance

A Film by Daniel Andreas Sager


A farmer woman from Kenya and a shepherd boy want to run their way out of poverty. Their hope is to be able to join highly paid marathons in Europe with the help of a German athletics manager. A journey into presumed luck unexpectedly leads to the limits of human capacity. How much can hope make you endure pain in the fight against your own body? A thickly woven network of dependencies emerges, in which there is no decision free of consequences for another.


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    Daniel Andreas Sager

    Was born in Berlin in 1985 and grew up in Moscow. He studied social anthropology and philosophy at the University Leipzig, followed by his directing studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. With the grant from the State of Baden-Württemberg, he studied one year at the film school UCINE in Buenos Aires. With a scholarship from the Filmakademie BW he has participated at the Script Masterclass Docu-Village at the Haifa Filmfestival, Israel. His diploma film THE LONG DISTANCE received the NOFEAR! Award 2015. He is doing his Ph.D. as a master-class student at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and participates as a Nipkow grant-holder the Nipkow Program. He works as a writer and editor for (zeit online), as freelance writer, director, journalist and cinematographer, living in Berlin.

Awards + Festivals

    FIRST STEPS AWARD 2015 (Official Selection, Germany)September 14, 2015
  • 11th ZÜRICH FILM FESTIVAL (World Premiere, Official Selection, Zurich, Switzerland)
  • BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERGISCHER FILMPREIS 2015 (Nominierung)April 3, 2017
  • 37th MAX OPHÜLS PREIS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • 18th ONE WORLD INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Czech Premiere, Official Selection, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • INTERNATIONALES DOKUMENTARFILM FESTIVAL DOKFEST (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)April 7, 2016
  • DEUTSCHER DOKUMENTARFILMMUSIKPREIS 2016 (Nominierung)April 9, 2016
  • 6th BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beijing, China)
  • Festival International de Cinema Ecrans Noir 2016 (Official Selection, Yaoundé, Kamerun)July 15, 2016
  • 17th ONE WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL SLOVAKIA (Official Selection, Slovakia, Bratislava)
    18th ZIMBABWE INT’L FILM & FESTIVAL TRUST (Official Selection, Zimbabwe)
  • Docs DF, Festival Internacional 2016 de Cine de la Ciudad de México (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico)October 12, 2016
  • * 16th ESCALES DOCUMENTAIRES - INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY (Official Selection, La Rochelle, France)November 8, 2016
  • FILM FESTIVAL LES ESCALES DOCUMENTAIRES DE LIBREVILLE (Official Selection, Libreville, Gabun)November 28, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)
  • 16 th WATCH DOCS International Filmfestival (Official Selection, Warschau, Polen)December 9, 2016
  • NOMINATED FOR THE *GOLDEN KAPOK AWARD* (Guangzhou International Doc Film Festival, China)December 12, 2016
    NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS 2016 (Official Selection, USA)
  • 2nd INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Fiction Short Film Section, Island of Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 10, 2017
  • 2nd LANÚS FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE (Official Selection, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • 6th COLORTAPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Austalien)March 8, 2017
  • 3rd SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz, Argentina)June 19, 2017
  • UTAH FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA)April 7, 2017
    1st FESTIVAL DE CINE DE SAN LORENZO (Official Selection, Paraguay)April 14, 2017
  • BCN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)May 8, 2017
  • 3rd SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz, Argentina)June 19, 2017
  • 8th ONE COUNTRY ONE FILM INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Apchat, France)July 27, 2017
  • 14th VERZIO INT'L HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (ZOOM IN Student Competition, Budapest, Hungary)November 14, 2017
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Chennai, India)October 27, 2018


Daniel Andreas Sager
Simon Riedl
Daniel Andreas Sager
Director of Photography
Daniel Andreas Sager, Carina Neubohn, Julia Hönemann
Frank Schubert, Tobias Scherer
Nadine Müller
Sound Design
Tobias Scherer
Hannah von Hübbenet, Marcel Walter


Running Time
93:00 mins
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Dolby Surround, Stereo



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D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068


Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany


Daniel Andreas Sager