Town of RunnersHD
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About the Movie
The film tells the story of two young girls, living in a rural town as they try to run their way to a different life. Narrated by their friend Biruk, it follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 13
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: This amazing story might be familiar - it's one of those tales sporadically recycled by the Sunday glossies.
Rotten: Thinly developed story strands make this a frustrating look at the hopes and hardships of Ethiopia's child athletes.