Imara is the story of a cyclist, Samwel Mwangi. His journey into cycling began after he bought a bike for the purpose of being mobile. From visiting different places, he met up with cyclists and joined them. He was a natural and quickly surpassed expectations.
His first race with his new friends was his first win. It spurred him on and he went on to become a professional cyclist. In Rwanda, his foray into cycling met a big obstacle. On the first day, he fell twice.
On the last day, it did not get better. He fell and wounded his leg. After the bleeding was stopped and surgery conducted, he was served bad news.
His left leg was dead and had to be amputated.
The amputation didn’t end his dream. He has since gone on to cycle in France, Indonesia, Australia, Gabon, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. He intends to race in Japan in 2020.
The Imara documentary is a story of hope, the kind of story we should be telling. It is the story of a dream that just will not die no matter the obstacles faced. Imara is a story of perseverance, of rising and falling, of getting beat down and picking oneself up, of never giving up, no matter what.