Really great story of people coming from adversity.
“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.
I’ve been following their journey for a while – the guy who rode at the Olympics for Rwanda is an inspiration. Look them up on twitter.
Adrien Niyonshuti lost 60 of his family in the Genocide. Six. Zero. Sixty. Six of his brothers, his mother’s entire line of heritage. Maybe because he sought purpose behind his pain, maybe because it was the only way to stop his overpowering headaches, maybe he just had a gift, but Adrien started cycling in 2003. His family couldn’t understand his dream, but Adrien felt it inside. Three months later, Adrien’s father passed away. Tragedy seemed to follow him. In 2006, Adrien rode a Mountain Bike for the first time, catching Jock and winning a local race, forging the beginning of a relationship between two broken men. In 2011, Adrien qualified for the Olympic Games, a bold achievement that would send shockwaves throughout Rwanda and the World, a living example that the ghosts and demons of our past have no power over our future.