Town of Runners


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.

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


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Produced by: Dan Demissie, Al Morrow,
Directed by: Jerry Rothwell
Executive Producers: Kristin Olafs, Jonny Persey
Co-Producer: Stewart Le Marechal
Produced by MetFilm Production
In Co-Production with Klikk Productions
In Co-Production with ITVS International
In Association with Channel 4, Britdoc Foundation.
ESPN Films
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme
World View

UK Distribution and International Sales: Dogwoof

Festivals / Awards

2012 – Tribeca Film Festival
2012 – Sheffield Doc/Fest
2012 – Doha Tribeca Film Festival
2012 – Atlantic Film Festival
2012 – Little Rock Film Festival
2012 – Kenya International Film Festival
2012 – Impact Sport Film Festival, Lipetsk
2012 – Luxor African Film Festival
2013 – Film Forward: Jordan, Mexico, China, Taiwan, USA, Columbia, Bosnia
2013 – Edinburgh International Film Festival


A fantastically cool British Documentary…Director and producing team Jerry Rothwell and Al Morrow are two of the best talents in this country – Antonia Quirk, Financial Times

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