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Friday, September 18, 2015
The City of Richmond, in collaboration with the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and The Identity Project, are pleased to present a screening of the documentary “Rising from Ashes” on Thursday, September 24. The documentary will be shown at 2:30 p.m. in the Gottwald Playhouse of Richmond CenterStage, 600 East Grace Street.
“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when American cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa, to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national cycling team. Setting out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their pasts.
“Rising From Ashes” is more than a movie about cycling, but a story of hope and compassion displaying how a cycling organization evolves to help the many needs of the genocide survivors.
Since organizing, “Team Rwanda” began the next phase of their work; the development of the first all-African all-Black team to compete in the greatest cycling event in the world, The Tour de France.
The screening of this documentary aims to introduce a broader perspective to City middle and high school students, relative to cycling and its transformative nature. The documentary highlights the success of Blacks and Africans and inspires one to greater possibilities and dreams through hard work and perseverance. This culturally and historically significant event is taking place during Richmond’s hosting of the UCI Road World Championship races.
The screening is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 1:37 PM