Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Town Of Runners Trailer from Met Film Production on Vimeo.

Town Of Runners is a feature documentary, directed by Jerry Rothwell, about young people from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the current Olympic and World champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. The success of runners from Bekoji is partly due to the dedication of coach Sentayehu Eshetu. Since his protégé Derartu Tulu became the first African woman to win an Olympic gold in 1996, he has trained and inspired some of the world’s greatest athletes. At dawn each morning Sentayehu oversees an enthusiastic group of more than 200 young runners through a set of punishing hill runs. Amongst them are Alemii, a farmer’s daughter, who needs to persuade her family that she can make a different kind of life from her mother; Biruk, who has to juggle looking after his grandmother’s kiosk with training; Hawii, perhaps the most likely to succeed, whose older sister has achieved her ambition to run in the U.S.; and Million, the banana seller and oldest of the group, who must either succeed this year or give up his dream.

Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker whose directing credits include the feature documentaries Donor Unknown, winner of the Tribeca Film Festival (online) Audience Award 2011, Heavy Load, winner of the 2008 Audience Award at Britdoc Film Festival and Deep Water (2006, co-directed with Louise Osmond), winner of the Grierson Award and Best Documentary at Rome Film Festival.

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