Town of Runners
Town of Runners is a feature documentary about the fortunes of young athletes from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji home to the Olympic and World champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. The film follows two girls who are keen to follow in their hero's footsteps as they move from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood. Their mentor is a former PE teacher who has discovered and trained many of the world's leading long distance runners including Dibaba, Bekele and Deratu Tulu, the first African woman to win an Olympic gold.
Director Jerry Rothwell