May 31st, 2012
Want to win a Town of Runners poster signed by the films director AND the star, coach Eshetu?
Long distance running is a way of life in the Arsi region of Ethiopia. In a country long associated with poverty, famine and war, world-record-beating athletes are the source of pride. Many of the world’s greatest runners hail from Bekoji, a remote town in the southern Highlands. In the Beijing Olympics, runners from the Bekoji won all four gold medals in the long distance track events - more medals than most industrial countries. TOWN OF RUNNERS is a feature documentary by an award-winning director Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown, Heavy Load) about the young athletes born and raised in Bekoji, who hope to emulate their local heroes and compete on the world’s stage. Filmed over four years, the film follows their fortunes as they move from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood.
Town of Runners is available on DVD from the Dogwoof shop exclusively from 11th June before going on sale with other retailers on June 18th. All pre-orders placed through the Dogwoof shop by June 10th will be entered into a competition to win this money can't buy poster and one lucky winner will be receiving a poster along with their DVD.