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Mission Possible

“When you hear the word ‘basketball’ who comes to your mind? Michael Jordan. Pop star? Michael Jackson. Like that, for Guinness World Records, one day in another 10 years, people will come to know: Suresh Joachim. I will get that mark!”

Such is the grand scheme of Toronto resident, Suresh Joachim, Canada’s most prolific Guinness Record Holder. Suresh has broken 62 Guinness records and ranks third in the world in the number of simultaneous records held (as per the 2010 Guinness World Record book), His ultimate goal is to break 500 records in his lifetime and be known as the Guinness King!

Suresh’s full-time record breaking career began two decades ago in Sri Lanka during the civil war that drove thousands of Tamils abroad and has continued through his long and winding journey to Canada. The records themselves run the gamut of impressive to hilarious: longest time spent balancing on one foot (72 hrs), longest time rocking on a chair (75 hrs), greatest distance moon walked in 24 hours (49.25 Kms), longest Elvis impersonation (55 hrs), longest distance run whilst carrying a 4.5 kg brick in a nominated ungloved hand in an uncradled downward position (126.675 km)……and so on.

Mission Possible: The Unstoppable Suresh Joachim follows Suresh as he goes from one record breaking attempt to another. The film opens as he breaks the record for continuous cycling on a static bike (200 hrs) and ends with an attempt to reclaim a record he once held – furthest distance run (405km) on a treadmill in 48 hours. In between we meet his wife and kids, interview his supporters and try and understand what makes him tick. In addition we revisit some of his past achievements including his first record for marathon running set when he was 16 years old in Sri Lanka. We also play witness to his search for collaborators on his next recordbreaking project of playing 35 roles in a Hollywood film.

Is Suresh delusional or positive thinking? Persistent or obsessive? Charity minded or narcissistic? Self actualized real life hero or victim of globalized celebrity culture? Taken-forgranted fundraising volunteer or shrewd businessman building his brand?

Mission Possible lets the viewer decide as it attempts to understand the enigma of Joachim, the meaning of his work and his place in the world.

Mission Possible (Tamil)

Suresh Joachim holds 35 Guiness World Records. Follow his journey as he prepares to set another milestone.

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