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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.
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.
This amazing story might be familiar - it's one of those tales sporadically recycled by the Sunday glossies.
A worthwhile watch for those interested in athletics, Africa or simply the sheer unwavering endurance of human ambition.
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.
"Running is a way of life here," says one of the coaches, and that's about as satisfying an insight as this documentary provides.
It's a bit low-key and simplistic, but the photography is beautiful and the human stories are riveting.
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.
Hollywood couldn't make it up.
A valuable insight into the roots of the sport.
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.
So much more than a documentary about Olympic runners, Town of Runners is an introspective eulogy to a way of life.
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