Part of our One Hit Wonders series, featuring great new documentaries at special one-night-only screenings!
"A remarkable documentary … Rising from Ashes is not just about a cycling team; it's a testament to what happens when human beings care for one another.” – Daphne Howland, Village Voice
“A compelling tale … the movie crafts genuine drama from a nail-biter of an Olympic-qualifying race." – Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York
“A wonderfully inspiring documentary … Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes and remarkable achievements, both big and small.”– Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six year journey to compete in the Olympic Games in London. Setting out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. Executive produced and narrated by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, this stunningly shot film follows Jock (the first American to compete in the Tour de France) and his Rwandan riders as they slowly but steadily learn what it means to be a professional cyclist - how to train, how to compete, how to live the life of a top level athlete. As they get better and better, the riders of Team Rwanda give their countrymen a vision of something greater than themselves and their history: hope for a future. (Dir. by TC Johnstone, 80 mins.,2013, USA, Not Rated, First Run Features) Digital