Jock Boyer, Forrest Whitaker
On the surface, Rising from Ashes is a film following the recreation of the Rwandan cycling team after the genocide in the '90s decimated the country. Underneath that story is a veritable flood of underlying emotions and stories for this film to tell. Each cyclist on the team has a tragic past, and some are still experiencing tragedy even during the filming process. It's a story not only of survival and rebirth but of hope, struggle, dedication, and brotherhood.