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Town of Runners

HD   G

Jerry Rothwell

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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. – Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Jun 28, 2012

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. – Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail, Jun 29, 2012

Fresh: This amazing story might be familiar - it's one of those tales sporadically recycled by the Sunday glossies. – Cath Clarke, Time Out, Jun 28, 2012

Rotten: Thinly developed story strands make this a frustrating look at the hopes and hardships of Ethiopia's child athletes. – David Parkinson, Empire Magazine, Apr 15, 2012

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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