The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere

15 min short Doc of a famous Japanese race horse, Haru Urara

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The strange but true story of how Japanese racehorse Haru Urara became a nationally celebrated symbol of perseverance while enduring a losing streak of epic proportions.

Created for ESPN Films as part of their 30for30 series.


Official Sundance 2016 Selection

Official SXSW 2016 Selection

Awarded Best Short Documentary at Hot Docs 2016


Director and Illustrator : Mickey Duzyj
Executive Producer : Erik Rydholm
Producer : Mona Panchal
Producer (Japan) : Yuka Uchida
Editor : Casimir Nozkowski
AE Animator : Naoko Hara
Composter : Terry Dame
Background Artist : Kyle Stecker
Director of Photography : Nobutaka Shirahama
Translators : Yurina Ko, Jin Yoshikawa


Client : ESPN
Year : 2014–2016