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Rising From Ashes (2012/First Run Features DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Documentary: B+

American cyclist Jock Boyer journeys to Rwanda to find the next generation of riders to form the first Rwanda National Cycling Team. From a country filled with poverty and civil unrest he searches those with natural talent to become professional cyclists on an international level and train them for the next 6 years to qualify and compete in the Olympic Games and we see just about all of it in T.C. Johnstone's Rising From Ashes (2012).

Jock Boyer is a world famous cyclist, and now he starts a new team of cyclists from an unexpected place, Rwanda. After generations of Rwandans were affected by the massive genocide over a 100 day period, Jock finds people who have managed to suirvive the horrendous circumstances and have the raw talent to become something more than they could have ever imagined. As they journey together they train and learn how to be top level athletes and as their experience, strength and confidence grows, they become a symbol of hope for all Rwandans, that they can rise above the ashes of their war torn country, becoming more than what they are, and to give hope to the future.

This documentary is a journey of training to overcome hardships and to show how far a man can go. It is more than just Olympics and sports, it is the story of how Rwandans can challenge and change their lives, and maybe even change the world. Born into a country filled with hardships, strife, they now have something more than charity and bikes, but something all Rwandans can be proud of. The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound can be weak, but it is in the nature of how this was produced. Extras include behind the scenes and making of the film.

- Ricky Chiang


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