Back in 2007 Cassidy Bisher traveled to Africa to capture interviews and imagery of Team Rwanda, Africa’s first all black, all African Mountain Bike team. Their goal? To attempt the greatest cycling event in the world, The Tour de France. This trailer shows some of the stories that were captured.
“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. For more information visit: Website: risingfromashesthemovie.com “Cycling is an excruciating sport—a rider’s power is only as great as his capacity to endure pain—and it is often remarked that the best cyclists experience their physical agonies as a relief from private torments. The bike gives suffering a purpose.” – The New Yorker on Team Rwanda “As a seven-year-old, Adrien miraculously survived the slaughter (genocide) and is now the No.1 mountain biker on the biggest cycling team in Africa. He will be, without doubt, the most extraordinary athlete at the 2012 Olympic Games.” – Sports Illustrated “In London, Adrien Niyonshuti looks likely to rub shoulders with many other big names both in and out of the world of cycling. But the reality is that few, if any, will have had a more remarkable journey to get there.” – The Evening Standard London