Running Free

Running Free is a 2000 American-French-South African adventure drama film about a horse born into captivity in 1914. The film began production in 1998 and was released in the US in June 2000. It was directed by Sergei Bodrov, written and produced by Jean-Jacques Annaud, narrated by Lukas Haas, and distributed by Columbia Pictures.


The film takes place primarily in German South-West Africa (now Namibia) in 1914 during World War I. An Arabian mare gives birth to a beautiful chestnut foal during a voyage to Swakopmund for work in the copper mines. The foal is separated from his mother upon arrival at a German colonial mining town and nearly expires from dehydration. He is subsequently saved from certain death by the 12-year-old sympathetic town stable boy, Richard (Chase Moore).