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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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

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

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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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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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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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Aaron Yap

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.

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