Town Of Runners
Town Of Runners (2012)

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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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

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.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Unfocused, [Director Jerry] Rothwell touches on many subjects - education, sports, local politics, shoddy management, poverty, hopelessness - without ever digging very deeply into any of them.

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Hannah McGill
The List

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.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

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.

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Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

"Running is a way of life here," says one of the coaches, and that's about as satisfying an insight as this documentary provides.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Hollywood couldn't make it up.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

This amazing story might be familiar - it's one of those tales sporadically recycled by the Sunday glossies.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's a bit low-key and simplistic, but the photography is beautiful and the human stories are riveting.

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Andrew Pulver
Guardian

A valuable insight into the roots of the sport.

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