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

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

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

May 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

April 23, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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