Oxford Brookes Documentary Club: Town of Runners

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Town of Runner

Who this event is for

  • Everyone

Location

John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre , Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site

Details

Long distance running is a way of life in the Arsi region of Ethiopia. In a country long associated with poverty, famine and war, world-record-beating athletes are the source of pride. Many of the world’s greatest runners hail from Bekoji, a remote town in the southern Highlands. In the Beijing Olympics, runners from the Bekoji won all four gold medals in the long distance track events - more medals than most industrial countries.

TOWN OF RUNNERS is a feature documentary by an award-winning director Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown, Heavy Load) about the young athletes born and raised in Bekoji, who hope to emulate their local heroes and compete on the world’s stage. Filmed over four years, the film follows their fortunes as they move from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood.

Watch the trailer  here.

Oxford Brookes Documentary Club is dedicated to bringing you interesting and inspiring documentaries that givevoice to a wide variety of topics. 

All our events are free and open to all.

Book your ticket and you will get 10%discount voucher in Cafe Central. 

Pre-theatre menu is available from 5 - 7pm in Brookes Lounge. £6.50 for 2 courses!

This project is kindly supported by the Faculty of TDE.

There is limited parking available at Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill Hall from 4.30pm, and it is on a first come, first served basis.

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