The Open Wheel, Goma Cycling Clubs, Theatre in the Mill, Stroud Film Festival presents

WELCOME TO GOMA

ONLINE ZOOM PREMIERE: FRIDAY 1st MAY at 7.30PM BST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE CLUB

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Welcome to Goma introduces you to Goma Cycling Clubs a cycle group in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The installation is celebration of the universality of cycling and thrill of the open road on two wheels.

In 2019 we supported The Open Wheel and the club to create a 360 VR installation. Presented at TiM SQ we invited audiences of all ages to climb onto a customised static pedal bike, don a VR headset and experience the thrill of being within the peloton of Goma Cycling Club.

Seven months later TiM and the Open Wheel catch up with GCC and are thrilled to host the installation online!

Below are also some short videos about both some big success and how Goma Cycling Clubs are preparing fro Covid-19.

WELCOME TO GOMA  LIVE PREMIERE

Friday 1st May

7:30pm       Introduction and ‘Welcome to Goma’

7:45pm       Live Q&A  – Sign Up

8:15pm       Short Films: ‘Daniel’, ‘The Race’

                 and ‘GCC prepare for Covid-19’

Join us on this page or at Stroud Film Festival

Or directly at the Welcome to Goma YouTube Channel 

 

WELCOME TO GOMA

Welcome to Goma introduces you to Goma CC a cycle group in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a brilliant, uplifting and emotional ride. With its ground-breaking film making process, this 13 minute film is a self-portrait of a cycle club and a city living in the shadows of a volcano, conflict and poverty. A short film with a massive heart.

The film has been produced, edited and directed by The Open Wheel in collaboration with GCC members who have done all the filming, sound recording, interviews and storytelling and have shot it beautifully.

It has been a brilliant project to be involved with and has resulted in a beautiful and uplifting short film of 13 minutes

Welcome to Goma VR

Welcome to Goma VR is a 360 virtual reality film first created as an installation at TiM Sq in Bradford. The installation invited audiences of all ages to climb onto a customised static pedal bike, don a VR headset and experience the thrill of being within the peloton of Goma Cycle Club.

DANIEL

This short film tells the encouraging story of Daniel Ishara, one of the club's best riders who has just signed for one of Rwanda's top pro teams, Benediction Ignite along with his friend and fellow countryman Loïc.

The Race

In Welcome to Goma we see some images from a road race in Rwanda. The Race provides the full narrative of the event that took place in July 2019 from the perspective of Arsene. At the time, the club were training in Rwanda in preparation for the Tour du Congo along with other members of the national team. This film however is not just about the race, but seeks to show the efforts made by the club to support their riders and compatriots as well as framing the club's journey on their preparation for the upcoming tour.

GCC Prepares for COVID-19

Given the urgency and relevancy of the current coronavirus pandemic we also wanted to give people a chance to see how this is affecting the club here in Goma. Charles Guy takes centre stage as he talks through the briefing the riders have received on how they can stay safe and encourage others to do the same.

Credits

The Open Wheel
Goma Cycling Clubs

Made with support from Theatre in the Mill

Film shown as part of Stroud Film Festival