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Losers says “Amen” in its own way, shaming our perception of winning through the testimony of those the world places in the “L” column. We access a different sort of wisdom, stepping into the running shoes of Mauro Prosperi as he navigates the grueling Marathon Des Sable in Morocco. Thrown off course by a sandstorm, he forages sustenance from stomach-turning sources and becomes despondent to the point of suicide before being rescued. His experience illustrates the peril and loneliness found in the valley of the shadow of death.
Canadian curler Pat Ryan, who assumed, then prematurely celebrated, a national championship in 1985 only to lose in dramatic fashion, gives new shape and spin to the truth that great pride precedes a great fall. Making a harrowing trek with Iditarod racer Aliy Zirkle, whose already-legendary resolve is tested when she nearly loses her life to a renegade snowmobile driver, we trace the biblical path from suffering through perseverance, and on to character and hope.
Losers - Place - Athletes - Response - Trials
Brilliantly, Losers doesn’t only put us in the place of these athletes, calling us to consider our response to trials or shore up the places we lack perspective. Through the eyes of their experience, we see our participation in the very sins and structures that stressed these competitors.
Figure skater Surya Bonaly endures unfairness from judges who couldn’t see past her skin color or culture—and their own “ice princess” preferences. Her story prompts earnest reflection from white viewers about implicit biases and favoritism, and encourages us all to divest ourselves of our mental pictures of a person who does things “the right way.”
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