Town Of Runners
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This documentary profiles a group of young runners from the Ethiopian highland town of Bekoji. The area has produced some of the best distance athletes in history, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The documentary, a must-see for any runner looking for inspiration, only skirts the reasons why the town of Bekoji seems to provide such an advantage to its young athletes."
‑ Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
""Running is a way of life here," says one of the coaches, and that's about as satisfying an insight as this documentary provides."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Hollywood couldn't make it up."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"So much more than a documentary about Olympic runners, Town of Runners is an introspective eulogy to a way of life."
‑ Sophie Haslett, Little White Lies
"This isn't a new story, young people having to rely on their athletic prowess to escape lives of poverty while navigating the adversities that life throws in their path. What Rothwell demonstrates is how universal that struggle is."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"It's a bit low-key and simplistic, but the photography is beautiful and the human stories are riveting."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A valuable insight into the roots of the sport."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Thinly developed story strands make this a frustrating look at the hopes and hardships of Ethiopia's child athletes."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This amazing story might be familiar - it's one of those tales sporadically recycled by the Sunday glossies."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"The filmmakers achieve intimacy without condescension, and capture both heartrending hopefulness and sad self-delusion. An interesting if slightly limited corrective to sanctimonious Olympics hype."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
"It's a fantastically cool British documentary about two runners from Bekoji - a highland town in Ethiopia that has produced some of the world's greatest long-distance runners including the paradisiacal Tirunesh Dibaba."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Fluctuations in form, funding and bureaucracy hinder the girls' progress but their ambition never wavers. In an Olympic year, here's an inspirational reminder of what it's all about."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
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