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Rising From Ashes [DVD] [2012] [US Import]

4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,863 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Light out of the Darkness. 6 Feb 2014
Weirdly, only a month ago I was making myself a cup of Rwandan tea. A friend saw the packet and passed a comment about it. The comment was one I can't repeat, suffice to say it referred to the genocide. It wasn't funny but it did highlight the fact that if for some strange reason Rwanda is mentioned, then people think of the genocide and not a lot else. Not even tea! I love rooting for the underdog. We all wanted the Jamaican bobsled team to succeed, even if deep down we knew they couldn't beat the big boys. In the Tour de France I love to see the Colombians perform well, because they often come from poorer backgrounds and success does not come easily. If Chris Froome can't win the next Tour de France then I hope the little Colombian Nairo Quintana succeeds. We shall see!

Hard to believe that cycling is a popular sport in Rwanda, and that they have got some raw talent. Being up quite high and with lots of steep hills, I suppose that should come as no surprise. Bikes in Africa are generally just a popular means of transport. Many don't have time for the luxury of recreational sports time. This documentary follows a group of unassuming young Rwandan cyclists who struggle to make it on the world stage. Not an easy task! With the help of generous American backing they try to realise their dream and we follow their journey from Rwanda to South Africa and America. In the course of the journey we get to the heart of sport. Its not about the winning but the taking part. After the terrible events of Rwanda's past, this genuinely inspiring story brings light into the darkness. The film gives hope for the future which is captured especially in the films heart warming ending. Perhaps in the future not all my cycling heroes will be Colombians. How wonderful it would be to see a black African perform well in the Tour De France. It is a sad fact in most sports, that where you are born makes a world of difference. Well worth watching, even for the non cyclist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and inspiring 4 Feb 2014
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An amazing story of courage, friendship and resilience after the most horrendous historical events of any country in recent years. The "true grit" of the riders and the re-birth and redemption of their trainer and the faith of their financial backer is amazing. A great true story of MTB and road-biking under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Documentary will grab you – and the DVD has excellent Bonus Feature 3 Nov 2013
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on
When the bicycling team from Rwanda entered the Olympic Stadium in London in 2012, I’m sure many viewers scratched their heads as Rwanda never had such a team before. How it came about, and why, is beautifully in this brief 85-minute documentary by direct T.C. Johnstone. I love documentaries (which is obvious from the many I’ve reviewed here on Amazon) and I’m always fascinated by the process, and the gamble that directors (and the producers of course) take when starting a project. These films are made in real time and, unlike a scripted drama, the director has no idea where the story will lead, or even if there is a “story” there.

Johnstone, a bike rider himself followed cycling legend Jock Boyer as he moved to this war-ravaged African country to help train the first-ever Rwanda National Cycling team. The men he started with didn’t even have adequate equipment at the beginning and there was often a clash in cultures or problems with language. The film was on a tight budget and yet Johnstone didn’t know how long it would take to film. But he got it done and it’s an endearing film as well as an exciting one.

The folks at First Run Features (the distributor of the DVD) went the extra mile (no pun intended, really) by adding as, a bonus feature, an hour long three-part “Behind the Scenes” documentary. Unlike most (now-requisite for DVD release) “Making of …” films, this one does not repeat scenes you have seen as filler. This was a real-time story made as the filming progress ed until its final release. It’s narrated by Johnstone. So if you’ve seen the main film when it played a film festival – or, maybe, in a theater – you might want to get the DVD to see this background story. It added a lot to an already engrossing film for me.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Doc! 7 May 2014
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I saw it here locally in San Diego and then purchased as a gift for my father. So inspiring! Good job.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for cycling fans 6 May 2014
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This a great story if you enjoy cycling or not. There's not a lot of cycling jargon at all. The story and narration by Forest Whitaker is really good. You may lose a couple of tears of empathy and happiness.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch for all cyclist. 29 Jan 2014
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Great documentary on the Rwanda on a team that came together after their country's genocide. It is a great motivation movie during this cold winter.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent documentary 11 Jan 2014
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This documentary offers something for all age levels and is a must see!...very inspirational to young people and those
who work to achieve their goals.
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