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Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Secretariat (Secretariat)

Special Screening

Randall Wallace / Feature Narrative / U.S.A. / 2010 / 116 min / Color / 35 mm
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, Sports
Qatar Premiere
Rated: General Audiences. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


  • Fri, Oct 29, 07:00 PM, (Katara Open Air Theatre) Free screening
    • Q&A: Filmmaker & Producer in attendance
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The thrilling, pulse-quickening world of thoroughbred horse racing comes to life in this story of 1973's Triple Crown winner, owner Penny Chenery and trainer Lucien Laurin. Based primarily on the book "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion", the movie's real intensity comes from Diane Lane's strong performance as Chenery, a woman who left her city life to take over her ailing father's money-losing horse stables. John Malkovich, too, puts in another strong stand here as Laurin, who helped to create the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time. The film was directed by Randall Wallace, the screenwriter of "Braveheart," who also wrote a song for the film. While everyone knows the ending to this historic sports story, the facts behind the racehorse's multiple wins are both revelatory and rewarding.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Wallace’s writing and/or directing work on four films have grossed nearly $1 billion at the theatrical box office, garnering numerous accolades including Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Wallace wrote the Academy Award winning “Braveheart” and the film “Pearl Harbor.” He also wrote, directed and produced “We Were Soldiers” and “The Man in the Iron Mask.” For his work on “Braveheart,” he received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Wallace also authored seven New York Times best-selling novels and provided lyrics for “Mansions of the Lord,” the closing music at President Ronald Reagan’s funeral. In 1999, Wallace founded Wheelhouse Entertainment with the purpose of creating films, music, video games and books.


Randall Wallace
Mike Rich
Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray
Director of Photography
Dean Semler, ACS/ASC
Production Designer
Tom Sanders
Executive Producer
Bill Johnson, Mike Rich
Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis

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