Endurance (film) The story of distance runner Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia, and how he eventually won the 10,000-meter race at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. A Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a La Junta Production in association with Film Four and Helkon Media Film Veritrieb. Directed by Leslie Woodhead. (The race sequence at the Atlanta Olympics directed by Bud Greenspan.) Limited release in New York and Los Angeles on May 14, 1999. CinemaScope. 83 min. The film combines elements of cinema vérité, traditional documentary filmmaking, sports coverage, docudrama, and feature film devices, backed by a score drawn from East African musical traditions. Released on video in 2000.