Rising From Ashes
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"Rising from Ashes" is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Essentially a sports documentary with the look and feel of an ESPN program, "Rising from Ashes" nevertheless has broad, inspirational appeal on a human level."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"This feel-good sports doc brings a little-known story to compelling life."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Inspiring, tough-hearted documentary about the formation of the Rwandan cycling team in the wake of the 1994 genocide."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The film is beautifully put together, with slick editing and glossy photography. The beauty of Rwanda is astonishing."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"A few gaps in the narrative do little to tarnish the impact of this stirring tale, which offers big heart and quick feet to those in the mood for a story that reinforces the power of the human spirit."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"This is an inspiring tale of a nation, and a man, not wanting to be judged by past misdeeds."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"We're invited to bask in the achievements of Team Rwanda, but it's difficult to when confronted with the lingering intrigue surrounding Boyer's story."
‑ Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz
"The race footage is everything a cycling addict, or even a casual admirer, could hope for."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"This team [Team Rwanda]...had something to prove and T.C. Johnstone does a solid job in chronicling their journey from the bottom to the top of their sport."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Though the subject inspires, Johnstone's treatment lacks focus and edge, falling back on platitudes, sentiment, and generalities when clarity is what is needed."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"So while the subjects explored in Rising from Ashes are worthy of contemplation, the methodology of doing so puts the brakes on the film's ability to inspire and persuade."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, The Australian
"File it under the subgenre 'feel-good documentary.' Rising from Ashes is simple, direct and ultimately uplifting."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"...the story behind Rising from Ashes is so moving and compelling that the documentary's shortcomings seem inconsequential."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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