‘Rising From Ashes’: An Inspiring Story as told by Forest Whitaker

RisingFromAshes-538Yesterday, I had the special privilege to attend a screening of an inspiring documentary about #teamrwanda entitled ‘Rising From Ashes.’ This documentary which took six years to make has truly changed Rwanda. If you know the negative history of Rwanda as related to the April 1994 genocide that killed nearly 1 million people in 3 months, this story then will literally bring tears to your eyes. So what is the story about?

Rising-from-AshesDallas_International_Film_Festival_Rising_from_Ashes_114841Well, it’s about building peace in the hearts of men, through the most simplest of things, ‘Cycling.’ It is about ‘two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.’

‘The story of Team Rwanda has gained attention and popularity within the cycling world since the team’s inception in 2007. Also, in the spring of 2012, Rwandan cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti qualified for the London Olympics in mountain biking. While all Olympic qualifications are remarkable feats, Niyonshuti’s triumph brought a litany of firsts. He was the first black African to compete in mountain biking. He was the first Rwandan cyclist at the Games. But before those accomplishments came an achievement more impressive than any other: Niyonshuti was part of the first cycling team composed of Rwandan genocide survivors.’

Although the documentary set out to tell a story of redemption, hope, and second chances, what is impressive is that it also illustrates how a bicycle has become a tool that has changed a nation. If you ever wanted to watch a brilliant movie, that is inspiring, and brings out the best of humanity, then make an effort to see #risingfromashes. Here are two pictures from the event; one with the one and only Forest Whitaker who served as the executive producer of the film and the other with the legendary coach of Team Rwanda, Jock Boyer.

With forest WhitakerWith Jock BoyerCredits;(https://risingfromashesthemovie.com/) and (http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/article/9253981/documentary-rising-ashes-tells-story-team-rwanda-adrien-niyonshuti-genocide-survivors-leading-nation-healing-process)

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