Rising From Ashes
Rising From Ashes (2013)

"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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 2, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2013
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This feel-good sports doc brings a little-known story to compelling life.

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David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Adelaide Review

TC Johnstone's cycling documentary might sound at first like just another sport movie trying hard to seem inspirational, yet this study of the story behind 'Team Rwanda' is indeed just that.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is an inspiring tale of a nation, and a man, not wanting to be judged by past misdeeds.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes (including Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti) and remarkable achievements, both big and small.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

It's hard not to get swept up in this film's sense of hope.

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Dennis Harvey

Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Though the subject inspires, Johnstone's treatment lacks focus and edge, falling back on platitudes, sentiment, and generalities when clarity is what is needed.

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Jim Schembri

Inspiring, tough-hearted documentary about the formation of the Rwandan cycling team in the wake of the 1994 genocide.

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