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Director’s Statement:

Why the Iditarod?

It’s a question I’ve been trying to answer for years.

When I first learned about the Iditarod, it seemed like a combination of impossible sporting event and unimaginable adventure.

And the more I learned about the Iditarod, the more intrigued I became. Yes, the sporting event was amazing and the top contenders were fascinating. But the race itself was also fascinating — thousands of volunteers coming in from all around the world, the fun and goofy traditions, and the heartbreaks and triumphs of the “back-of-the-packers.”

These days, so many things in the world seem to be getting smaller. But not the Iditarod. The Iditarod is larger than life. It’s long, it’s difficult, it’s expensive. (So much so that more people have summited Mt. Everest in the last two years than have ever finished the Iditarod.)

MUSH goes beyond cursory coverage of the race as a sporting event and takes you behind the scenes of the “Last Great Race on Earth” — offering a rare glimpse of a uniquely Alaskan phenomenon and the subculture that has grown up around it. The movie examines the tremendous energy and effort (courtesy of thousands of volunteers from all over the world) it takes to make Iditarod possible… and offers a lighthearted look at the memorable traditions and inspiring personalities who return year after year to Iditarod.

— Alex M. Stein

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