Town of Runner is a feature documentary about young runners from Bekoji – an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Deratu Tulu.

The film tells the story of two young girls, living in a rural town as they try to run their way to a different life. Narrated by their friend Biruk it follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world.


Met Film in co-production with KLIKK Productions in co-production with ITVS International in association with BRITDOC and Channel 4

Filmed and Directed by: Jerry Rothwell

Produced by: Dan Demissie And Al Morrow

Executive Producer: Kristin Ólafsdóttir and Jonny Persey

Co-Producer Stewart Le Maréchal

Edited by Alan Mackay

Music by: Mulatu Astatke & Vincent Watts

Release: Town of Runners, a co-production between Met Film and Klikk Films, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 followed by Sheffield Doc Fest before its theatrical release through Dogwoof in the UK.

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