TOWN OF RUNNERS, the newest documentary from Director Jerry Rothwell, screened April 19th, 21st, 28th and 29th at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The film will be screening in multiple locations throughout the world in the coming months. For more information on a screening location near you visit the The Town of Runner's Film Screening Webpage.
The film makers have worked closely with GGRF partners, Running Across Borders and The Tesfa Foundation, to expand athletics and education projects with Bekoji's Youth Office, and expand the Visit and Train exchange programme to Bekoji. Visit and Train enables runners from around the world go to train at camps around East Africa, and uses these visits to fuel development. It's a self-sustaining project, Town of Runners is working to establish the funding to get it started and to get the UK running community excited about Bekoji.
GGRF is proud to work with the Town of Runners film makers to bring awareness to the issues facing women runners in Ethiopia and develop sustainable strategies for overcoming these challenges.
Film Synopsis: Over the past two decades the small, rural Ethiopian town of Bekoji has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for a generation of young Ethiopians searching for a better future. With a keen artistic eye, TFF award winner Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown) follows two teenage track hopefuls who face the challenge of growing up and striving for greatness in a developing nation.