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Freedom Runners
Directed by
David Wachsmann

ISRAEL, SWEDEN / 2016 / 50

North American Premiere
In Hebrew with subtitles

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David Wachsmann
"The struggle is for recognition, first and foremost."

Embedded deep within us all is the desire to feel like we belong. "Freedom Runners" is the poignant story of young African refugees whose families fled their homeland and now live in Israel as non-citizens. Aiming to make a change in their lives and help them to believe in a better future, Rotem Genossar, a charismatic and dedicated teacher, founds a running group as a social activity for the students. Their incredible talents are honed and put on display in large-scale competitions, and despite consistent wins and near-wins and many calling for citizenship for these outstanding students, their path to citizenship remains an uphill battle. Facing countless obstacles as they strive for validation in a world divided by hate and ignorance, Genossar and star runners Rahel and Ramzi win our hearts with their remarkable spirit, determination and self-awareness well beyond their years. --Evan Thomas

David Wachsmann is a director and actor, known for "Freedom Runners", "Der kleine Nazi" and "Kosnice".
Cast/Featuring: Rahel Gebretsadik, Ramzi Abdoul-Jabar, Rotem Genossar
Producer(s): Gidi Avivi, David Wachsmann
Director(s): David Wachsmann
Screenwriter(s): David Wachsmann
Cinematographer(s): David Wachsmann
Editor(s): David Reinlib
Composer(s)/Music: Daphna Keenan
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