Screening as part of Mincine’s There’s No ‘I’ In Team Season at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills Industrial Museum.
Jerry Rothwell’s Town of Runners (2012) takes us to Bekoji – an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu. Trained by ‘Coach’ Sentayehu Eshetu, Bekoji’s running prospects are put through their paces and trained to work as a team, respect each other, and honour their homeland.
For the young prodigies in Tow of Runners, running not only offers a chance of success but also an opportunity of escape from the poverty that surrounds them. In one scene a 14-year-old girl breaks down at the thought of the uncertainties she faces in staying in the village.
The film will be accompanied by a selection of shorts and refreshments will be available courtesy of Noisette Bakehouse.