“Back in September TiM presented Welcome to Goma by The Open Wheel and Goma Cycling Clubs. It's one of the projects that we are most proud of and we are honoured to be able to update you on the story and present a premier of the doumentary online followed by a Q&A with both Open Wheel and GCC”Rich WarburtonArtistic Director - TiM
“Welcome to Goma is a brilliant, uplifting, emotional short documentary. 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.”Mike McSherryThe Open Wheel
“As the founder and president of Goma Cycling Clubs and on behalf of our members and supporters, I would like let you know how honoured we are to have you joining us for the film. We hope you share in our values, difficulties and perspectives, and we can't wait to invite you into the club and also join us for our morning ride, we are thrilled to have teamed up with Open Wheel to share the story of the club and the riders.”Charles GuyGoma Cycling Clubs
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Open Wheel
Goma Cycling Clubs
Made with support from Theatre in the Mill
Film shown as part of Stroud Film Festival