Film society to screen 'Rising from Ashes' Jan. 23-24

January 9, 2014
In “Rising from Ashes,” a noted bicyclist helps Rwanda assemble a national team.

For January’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the uplifting and compelling documentary “Rising from Ashes” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, and at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach.

Narrated and directed by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, “Rising from Ashes” is the remarkable story of how the sport of cycling inspires individual redemption and healing, team perseverance, and country pride. Two worlds collided when American cycling legend Jock Boyer moved to Rwanda, Africa, to help build the first Rwandan national cycling team in hopes of representing the country at the 2012 Olympics. As they set out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. This powerful and moving documentary reveals how a group of ragtag cyclists are transformed into a powerful symbol of hope for a country recovering from one of the world's most devastating genocides. Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News wrote, “Ashes is joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, with memorable athletes and remarkable achievements, both big and small.”

Admission for Monthly Screenings is $4 for Rehoboth Beach Film Society members (current membership card must be presented), and $6 for nonmembers. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

The mission of the RBFS is to promote the art of film and, through outreach initiatives, to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural life of local and extended communities. The film society sponsors monthly screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 5-9, 2014). The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit, or call 645-9095.

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