The horrific Rwandan genocide of 1994 left more than 800,000 people dead and many more without a home. Despite a growing economy and a stable government, waterborne disease still remains a leading cause of death. As Charity:Water puts it: “Almost a third of the country lacks access to safe water and nearly 40% live without improved sanitation – both essential for real, true progress in Rwanda”.

With a simple mission “to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world”, Charity:Water seemed like the perfect partner for our screening of Rising From Ashes. You can read more about Charity:Water’s great work in Rwanda here.

About the film

Rising from Ashes is a feature-length documentary about two worlds colliding. Filmed over six years across three continents, it follows the story of the growth of Team Rwanda, under the direction of their coach Jock Boyer after his friend Tom Ritchey convinced him to move to Rwanda to help. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the members of Team Rwanda find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

Here’s an excerpt from the film’s promo:

Rising from Ashes is a documentary about the first Rwandan national cycling team in their bid to make history and represent their country at the 2012 Olympics. Competing in a white man’s sport, reserved for the privileged, a rag-tag group of cyclists coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France, are transformed into a powerful symbol of hope for a country recovering from one of the world’s most devastating genocides.

About the screening

Date: Wednesday June 11, 2014
Time: 6:45pm
Location: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Buying tickets

Tickets for the screening are $20 each and can be purchased online here. Simply bring the receipt that’s emailed to you, either printed or on your phone, and show us at the door. All money made from ticket sales goes to Charity:Water.