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Director: T.C.Johnstone
Starring: Jock Boyer

Narrated by Forest Whitaker, Rising from Ashes is a moving and uplifting documentary, highlighting that dreams can become a reality when human beings act on an impulse to help one another.

This feature length documentary revolves around American Cycling legend Jock Boyer, who moved to Rwanda and formed Team Rwanda, a cycling team consisting of survivors from the horrifying 1994 genocide.

It was inevitable that Team Rwanda was formed, as bike racing has had such a rich history in Rwanda, where locals for decades hosted races with wooden bikes, many of which had no brakes or gears. Ironically in 1994 when sadly five Rwandans were being murdered each minute, many escaped imminent death on bikes.

The behind the scenes look at Boyer's cyclist selection process, the demanding training schedule, stories from the cyclists, competitions entered and the ultimate dream of entry into the Olympic Games becoming a reality, all come together delivering intriguing viewing for non-cyclists and avid cyclists alike. - The horrifying Rwandan genocide is also explored in detail being the backdrop to this remarkable story.

This is an extraordinary film, six years in the making and justifiably has no film stars on screen. Undoubtedly one of the most captivating documentaries ever produced, it resonates that this nation has risen from ashes (the horrors of genocide) with hope, determination and kindness from a caring stranger.
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