Professional cyclist Jacques “Jock” Boyer moved to Rwanda in 2006 to help form a national cycling team composed of children left orphaned and traumatized by one of the world’s worst genocides a decade earlier. Over the course of the story, both Boyer and the team "rise from the ashes" of their pasts with the help of their new achievements-- including representing their country in the 2012 Olympics.
“Rising from Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes and remarkable achievements, both big and small,” wrote Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News. And Daphne Howland of The Village Voice called Rising From Ashes “a remarkable documentary. It’s not just about a cycling team; it’s a testament to what happens when human beings care for one another.”
Rising from Asheswas released in 2012. It was written by Gregg Helvey and directed by T.C. Johnstone, with narration by Forest Whitaker. It has a running time of 82 minutes and you can watch the trailer here.
The screening is free to Western Wheelers and their guests.
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