Award-winning documentary about Rwandan cyclists screens locally

bcain@newsobserver.comMay 12, 2014 

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    • 6 p.m. Thursday at Looking Glass Cafe, 601 W. Main St., Carrboro; 919-967-9398.

    • 7:30 p.m. May 23 at Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw; 336-525-2314.

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An award-winning documentary about cyclist Jock Boyer’s work in Africa helping a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of forming a national cycling team is set for two local screenings.

“Rising From Ashes,” executive produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker, will play Thursday at Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboro and on May 23 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw.

Produced by two partnering nonprofit organizations, Gratis 7 Media Group and Project Rwanda, “Rising From Ashes” tells the story of how a bicycle became a tool for change. The hopeful cyclists not only successfully formed Team Rwanda but are working to improve their lives – learning to read and write, receiving health and dental care – and are making strides in recovering from the psychological effects of the 1994 genocide. They have also become ambassadors of hope in their country.

Team Rwanda is currently developing Africa’s first all-black, all-African team to participate in the Tour de France.

Both “Rising From Ashes” screenings will feature guest speaker Dr. Scott Moreland, an expert on Rwandan culture from Futures Group, a global health consulting firm. The screenings are free, but donations to Team Rwanda are appreciated.

Cain: 919-829-4579; Twitter: @brookecain

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