Rising from Ashes

Rising from Ashes

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Forest Whitaker narrates this sports documentary about the little-known Rwanda professional cycling team, a group of who survived genocide to become high-order athletes under the guidance of cycling legend Jock Boyer.

2012Rating: M, Adult themes79 minsUSA, Rwanda, UK, South Africa
DocumentarySport
Director:
T.C. Johnstone ('Hearing Everett: The Rancho Sordo Mudo Story')

Streaming (3 Providers)

Rising from Ashes | Reviews

79%24 reviews

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Turbulent political history, personal demons and underdog sports-doc uplift - T.C. Johnstone’s Rising from Ashes has more than enough on its plate to make for an impassioned doco, and generally, it’s a respectable effort but somehow comes up a tad short. Reverently narrated by Forest Whitaker, it recounts the journey of the first Rwandan cycling team to the 2012 London Olympics under the guidance of American cyclist Jock Boyer.

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Variety

Variety

Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser.

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Time Out

Time Out

The movie crafts genuine drama from a nail-biter of an Olympic-qualifying race and authentic pathos from footage of Rwandans watching the Games' opening ceremony on television.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A film that lacks complex human dimension to fill out this likable if promotional tale of good will and achievement.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This feel-good sports doc brings a little-known story to compelling life.

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Rising from Ashes | Release Details

Rising from Ashes is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV and Beamafilm.