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Movie Info

Three children from the Ethiopian town of Bekoji move from school track to national competitions.

Cast & Crew

Jonny Persey
Executive Producer
Kristín Ólafsdóttir
Executive Producer
Al Morrow
Producer
Vincent Watts
Original Music
Jerry Rothwell
Cinematographer
Alan Mackay
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Critic Reviews for Town of Runners

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    June 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.

    June 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.

    April 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Hollywood couldn't make it up.

    April 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A valuable insight into the roots of the sport.

    April 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a fantastically cool British documentary about two runners from Bekoji - a highland town in Ethiopia that has produced some of the world's greatest long-distance runners including the paradisiacal Tirunesh Dibaba.

    April 19, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 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.

    June 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.

    April 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Hollywood couldn't make it up.

    April 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A worthwhile watch for those interested in athletics, Africa or simply the sheer unwavering endurance of human ambition.

    January 8, 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.

    September 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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