Town of Runners

A story of two young rural girls trying to run their way to a different life

Directed by Jerry Rothwell | Produced by Al Morrow and Dan Demissie

Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from Bekoji – an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu

The film tells the story of two young girls, living in the 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.

Town of Runners website


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