Cinema Republic: Town of Runners (PG)
22 July 2012
Cinema Republic is DCA’s wild card slot which is by the people, for the people. Send your suggestions to Alice Black, Head of Cinema (email@example.com).
Keith Taylor has nominated this documentary about Ethiopian long distance runners. He says “I’m delighted that DCA have offered to support this film and would like to use the screening to raise awareness of the outreach work in Bekoji that the film-makers are collaborating with."
Long distance running is a way of life in the Arsi region of Ethiopia. In a country long associated with poverty, famine and war, world record-beating athletes are a source of pride. Many of the world’s greatest runners hail from Bekoji, a remote town in the southern Highlands. In the Beijing Olympics, runners from Bekoji won all four gold medals in the long distance track events – more medals than most industrial countries.
Town of Runners is a feature documentary by award-winning director Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown, Heavy Load) about the young athletes born and raised in Bekoji, who hope to emulate their local heroes and compete on the global stage. Filmed over four years, the film follows their fortunes as they move from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood.
For more information on the Outreach Programme associated with Town of Runners, visit www.townofrunners.com/Outreach