On February 16, the Cameroon Athletic Federation and the city of Buea join the US film studio Dorst Media Works in presenting at Molyko Stadium the documentary film "Volcanic Sprint" that chronicles the 2006 Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope.
The showing will be free of charge and starts at 8 pm. All citizens of Buea are encouraged to attend.
"Buea opened its doors to my film crew and me during our stay here," said Director Steve Dorst, an American filmmaker from Washington DC. "It was important for me to make sure that this first showing of the film is free. This is our way of saying thank you to the town of Buea."
Buea is at the center of the action in this film, which first premiered in the US in June 2007 and Europe in July 2007. The film is being distributed globally by American Public Television Worldwide, and can be seen on the Internet at www.volcanicsprint.com.
Many local Buea professionals worked with the American crew during the filming of the 2006 Race. Charles Moki Linonge, a CRTV producer in Douala, served as Unit Producer. Amos Evambe, Simon Gobina Jr, Sam Gobina, and Ikome Mbus Mbock were cameramen, and Jaba Wose was production assistant.
"Our team was incredible, and we are thankful for the great work they performed," said Dan Evans, co-producer and editor of the film. Especially notable was Gobina who captured great footage at the summit of the mountain.
The film's characters include the Queen of the Mountain, Sarah Etonge, Max Mwambo and John Ekema, Bart Van Doorne, Walters Ekonde, Dominique Tedjiozem, Catherine Ngwang and Pierrot Talla.
Also making appearances in the film are Mayor Charles Mbella Moki, Paramount Chief Endeley and Zachary Nkwo. Volcanic Sprint includes a rousing musical score and animated graphics of the mountain. It includes footage shot from a helicopter and shows thousands of Buea's citizens along the race route as they cheer on their favorite runners. It was made with the support of associated producer, the Cameroon Athletic Federation, particularly Ange Sama and Jean Paul Fosso.
"Through this film, the world is learning more about Buea, its runners, and the Mt. Cameroon Race," said Dorst. "Today, the film is coming back to Buea where it all started - at Molyko Stadium. I hope the people of Buea like the film."
Volcanic Sprint takes you deep inside the lives of athletes like Sarah Etonge, a seven-time champion and mother of seven. Just days before the race, Sarah is haunted by a nagging knee injury and the strain of a hospitalised child. She needs the money she earns from racing to support her children - and the Race of Hope is the biggest purse in Cameroon.