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New Film Tells Inspiring Story of the Fastest Blind Man in the World


How does the world’s fastest blind run 100 meters in less than 11 seconds without the ability to see a starting block, lane, or curvature of the track? A new documentary called No strings attached provides the poignant answer.

By Jasmine Safaeian

After being diagnosed with Kawasaki disease as a child, David Brown had his sight stolen when he was 13 years old. David, a natural athlete, finally found a running guide to partner with, and became a Paralympic champion and world record holder in 2014 as the only blind person to run the 100 meters in less than 11 seconds.

The 30-minute film portrays the unique brotherhood Brown formed with Jerome Avery, while the two were ‘tied up’ in training for 15 years. His inspiring story of companionship and unwavering trust transcends the world of sport.

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When David ran the world record race with Jerome seven years ago, they were connected by an eight-inch cable. In the new movie, you can see how it was cut in half, to just four inches, as their partnership and trust evolved into near-perfect synchronicity.

Written by award-winning creative director Andy Fackrell, No strings attached was filmed in the run-up to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which will be the first time Brown has parted ways with his longtime running partner, after Jerome was injured in early 2021.

“By being able to let go of all fears when deprived of sight and having faith in another human being, David puts all his trust in Jerome and strives to live without restrictions,” says Feliciano Robayna, chief marketing officer for In, the Swiss sports company that made the film.

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“When you see Jerome and I running, it’s like one person,” says David.

“I hope people can identify No strings attached when they see it and maybe even get a greater understanding of Paralympic sport when they watch the competitions in Tokyo this year. “

The fact that Avery will not be performing alongside David on September 1 in Tokyo makes the film and its title even more compelling.

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Now the star sprinter becomes ‘Unattached’ to his lifelong running guide, after training with a new one.

No strings attached features two titular artists, who surprise David with their conversations in New York City, as well as an interview with his mother, Francine Brown, who recounts a winning 500-word essay that enabled her to attend the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and fueled his athletic career forward.

Produced by an award-winning creative team assembled by On, and featuring music by BAFTA-nominated composer Peter Raeburn, the film can now be viewed on UntetheredFilm.com.

CLOCK the inspiring trailer …

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