**** JUST ANNOUNCED*** CHRIS CARMICHAEL (LANCE ARMSTRONG TRAINER) WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM AND BE AT THE RECEPTION
For the fourth year, RPCVs of Colorado are a community partner for the Starz Denver Film Festival!
This year, we are so excited to announce that we are hosting "Rising From Ashes" a documentary about the Rwandan cycling team.
A brief synopsis:
"Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary 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 documentary feature film Rising From Ashes was created with a common goal, to tell a story of redemption, hope, and second chances. It was not about the bike, however, the bicycle became a tool that has changed a nation.
Team Rwanda started out as a cycling organization however they quickly learned they had to care for the greater needs of each athlete. Many of the riders could not read or write, lived in homes without water, electricity, were malnourished, and had never received healthcare, or even knew what a dentist was. But there was still a greater issue, the issues of the heart. These riders were all recovering from the traumatic psychological effects of the 1994 genocide. Team Rwanda had to look deeper."
This year we are offering a package deal for tickets. For only $20, you get one ticket to the film, and access to a private after-screening reception to include food and 2 drinks. The director and producer will be in attendance to answer your questions!
Plus, if you choose, you can add $5 to donate to Pedals for Progress, a nonprofit started by an RPCV that collects, rehabs and ships bikes (and sewing machines) to countries where they are needed most.
We can't wait to see you in November for this fantastic event!