Overflow Coffee Bar (the Auditorium in the back) Chicago, IL
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Rising from Ashes Film Screening and Discussion
Film Description From director T.C. Johnstone and told by Forest Whitaker comes RISING FROM ASHES.
In RISING FROM ASHES, two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six year journey to compete in the Olympic Games in London. Setting out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.
Executive produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker, this stunningly shot film follows Jock (the first American to compete in the Tour de France) and his Rwandan riders as they slowly but steadily learn what it means to be a professional cyclist - how to train, how to compete, how to live the life of a top level athlete. As they get better and better, the riders of Team Rwanda give their countrymen a vision of something greater than themselves and their history: hope for a future.
WINNER Hamptons International Film Festival: Best Film on Conflict and Resolution WINNER Heartland Film Festival: Grand Prize Best Documentary WINNER Heartland Film Festival: Audience Choice Award WINNER Aspen Film Festival: Audience Choice Award WINNER Austin Film Festival: Audience Choice Award WINNER Starz Denver Film Festival: Audience Choice Award WINNER Napa Valley Film Festival: Audience Choice Award WINNER Bahamas International Film Festival: Audience Choice Award WINNER Boulder International Film Festival: Audience Choice Award WINNER San Luis Obispo International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize: Best Sports Documentary WINNER River Run International Film Festival: Audience Award WINNER Attic Film Festival: Best Documentary WINNER Attic Film Festival: Best Cinematography WINNER Albuquerque Media and Film Experience: Audience Choice Award WINNER Mountainfilm in Telluride: Special Jury Prize
Watch the trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ_4GKAESmQ.
Overflow Coffee Bar (the Auditorium in the back) (View)
1550 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605