In Bekoji, Ethiopia, running is a way of life. Over the past two decades this small, rural town has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for young Ethiopians searching for a better life. Among the current group training under renowned coach Sentayehu Eshetu (whose prot g Derartu Tulu was the first African woman to win Olympic gold) are Alemi and Hawii, two teenage girls looking to set themselves apart from their teammates in Bekoji and move on to compete at the national level.
Capturing the seasonal rhythms of this farming region and the gradual impact of urbanization with a keen artistic eye, TFF award winner Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown) follows these two young track hopefuls as they face the challenge of growing up and striving for greatness in a developing nation. The result is a lyrical portrait of Ethiopia seen through the hopes and ambitions of a generation determined to make a brighter future for themselves and their country.
Roy and Morag explode the myth of our collective imagination, that homelessness is shaped by the idea of someone who is single and lonely. Directors Ann-Eve Fillenbaum and Jerry Rothwell
This unusual painter takes iconic images from classic paintings of the European masters and twists and turns them into satires of contemporary life. Directors Abigail Norris and Jerry Rothwell
Paul Housley paints everyday objects he buys from charity shops, creating small scale canvases which find lyricism in mundane, blank objects like disposable razors and light bulbs. Directors Abigail Norris and Jerry Rothwell
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Winner of the Best Documentary award at Rome Film Festival and an audience favorite at the 2007 Telluride Film Festival, Deep Water is the remarkable, true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race, and the psychological toll it took on its competitors. In 1968 the Sunday Times of London sponsored the much-ballyhooed event which attracted a field of nine, including amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst. Battling treacherous seas and his own demons, Crowhurst almost immediately comes apart as he faces the isolation of nine months on the high seas. Part adventure yarn and part metaphysical mystery, this documentary from IFC Films is an unforgettable journey into one man’s heart of darkness.
The remarkable, true story of the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race and the psychological toll it took on its competitors.
This documentary chronicles the harrowing voyage endured by Donald Crowhurst, an engineer short on sailing expertise, during a global yacht race.
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