SOURCE: Weissman/Markovitz Communications

November 15, 2010 21:22 ET

Ethiopian Oscar Contenders in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) -


Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, co-directors/writers of Ethiopia's first ever official Oscar® contender "The Athlete."

  • Rasselas Lakew is also the star of the film.


Interview opportunity with Frankel and Lakew. This dramatic film is the story of Ebeba Bikila, the legendary barefoot marathon runner who started Ethiopia's astonishing run of marathon runners, which continues today. Bikila won the Rome (1960) and Tokyo (1964) Olympics. He was the first black African Olympic gold medal winner. His true inspiration is the challenge he faced after a tragic accident, which took him to places he could never have imagined.


Frankel and Lakew will be in Los Angeles, and are available to meet with the media. Alternately, telephone interviews can also be arranged.


Wednesday, November 17 to Friday, November 19.


Major entertainment and sports press are invited to the premiere screening this Friday evening.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Leonard Morpurgo
    Vice President
    Weissman/Markovitz Communications
    (818) 870-8995 o
    (818) 731-3513 m
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