Locomotive Entertainment


The Athlete
Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew

The Athlete

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a legend. Bikila was in a tragic car accident which left him paralyzed. Unable to walk he entered the Paralympics. For the first time, the true story of Bikila's epic quest for life and sport comes to the big screen.


  • Frankel has a background as a visual artist and it shows in his knack for framing a scene... it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into both the overall look and to ensuring that key moments have a certain level of ‘wow’.

    Amber Wilson, Eye for Film
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Drama
Run Time: 92 mins
Year of Production: 2009
Language: English
Director: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
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