Town Of Runners (2012)

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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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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Apr 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
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A worthwhile watch for those interested in athletics, Africa or simply the sheer unwavering endurance of human ambition.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Jul 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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