Documentary Track


Project Synopsis:

Abdi and Bolota is the story of two American dreamers. It follows elite long-distance runners Abdi Abdirahman and Bolota Asmerom on their journey to the 2012 London Olympics. This intimate and personal documentary about life on the track explores the significance of racing in sports, and what it means to be black in America when you are African. As they prepare for the 2012 Summer Games, the lives of Abdi and Bolota reveal a universal story: what it means to wake up every morning and follow your dream, including all the work, sacrifice, triumphs and failures that come with being a professional runner. Unique about their story is their relationship to running, the geopolitics that led them from East Africa to the United States, their drive to win, and their faith in themselves despite the personal, financial and physical obstacles that they must overcome.