"I've always felt that the stereotypical image of Ethiopia - seen all over Europe and in the US - is unbalanced and often dehumanising. There is more to Ethiopia than famine and poverty.

"My family are from Ethiopia, and I've always had a strong interest in Ethiopian culture and history. Watching the young Bekoji athletes seems to me a way to better understand the lives of young people in rural Ethiopia."
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"I found myself in a fortunate position - I was able to make a film that tells the stories of young Ethiopian athletes and encourages its audiences to join in. This participation allows us, the runners and our viewers a unique opportunity to look deeper into each other's lives - using aspiration and athletics as a point of reference."

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