Frederick’s Colorado Visit and I am Able short documentary premiere
Frederick Ndabaramiye’s infamous and contagious smile has been sighted by many new friends along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Pedal Born Picture’s short documentary film, called ‘I am Able,’ brought Frederick to Colorado and all those that have had chance to meet him can’t help but falling in love with him and his indomitable spirit. The documentary premiered last weekend at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival and had grand reviews! Having Frederick there in person made it even more special and we were delighted to see him called up on stage at the awards ceremony twice. Congratulations to Frederick and I am Able on the ‘moving mountains’ award!
During the festival, Frederick shared even more of his stories, smiles and vision for his I am Able foundation at multiple film screenings, a morning coffee talk, book signing and ice cream social. With all the great events that Telluride and the Moutainfilm festival crew offered, Frederick was alway surrounded by new friends. He was even invited to ride a few different type of bikes than he’s been used to riding in the past. The crew from Rider and the Wolf shared their brothers bike for an honorable big wheel ride and David Holbroke, director of the film fest was kind enough to hook up the whole I am Able crew for a last minute fat tire bike ride up towards Bridal Falls.
Thanks to all of the Mountainfilm crew and new friends that welcomed Frederick to Colorado and continue to share their passions with him! The snow, ice cream and margaritas were a hit, but he is mostly overwhelmed by all the kind and fun people who have opened their hearts and joined him in some of the fun activities ranging from biking to hiking, sight seeing, glass blowing, games of horseshoes and corn hole, rafting and (hopefully in two days) skiing and/or snowboarding. Thank you to ALL who have helped show Frederick a Colorado good time!
Before sharing a few images of Frederick’s Colorado adventure, we’d like to invite you to join us at his next scheduled event.
Please join Frederick this Thursday, June 4th from 7-9 pm at the CMC in Breckenridge to meet him, hear his amazing story and learn about the I am Able project. In collaboration with CMC’s speaker series, Breck Film Fest will also include a viewing his short documentary film (~13 minutes long) that just premiered at the Telluride MountainFilm Festival last weekend!
Please join us and help us pass on the invitation to all your friends and family. The event is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome. Frederick will have also his book and his paintings on display and available for sale. All proceeds go to I am Able. * payment via: pay pal, cash or check.
Thanks in advance for helping us spread the word. See below for briefs on the event … and some fun photos from Frederick’s Colorado Adventure!
CMC Speaker Series
Thursday, June 4th, 7-9 p.m.
Eileen & Paul Finkel Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College
107 Denison Placer Rd., Breckenridge
Meet Rwandan genocide survivor and I am Able co-founder, Frederick Ndabaramiye. As a young boy, Frederick witnessed and lived through one of the worst genocides in history. Four years after, at the age of 15, he was attacked by Interahamwe rebels who severely beat him, cut off his arms and left him for dead. Amidst a long recovery, Frederick sets off on an
inspiring path of courage, determination, forgiveness and hope.
Today, Frederick is an artist, world speaker, co-director of Ubumwe Community Center, and the co-founder of I am Able.
I am Able is a handicap cycling team on a mission to spread the message, throughout the world, that disability is not an inability. We are ALL able. By sharing their stories, along with encouragement, support and training, the team hopes to inspire others and raise the awareness that we are all valued beings with a purpose.
Books and artwork will be on display and for sale ~ FREE admission ~ Donations benefit “I Am Able” Foundation
Sit back and enjoy some photos of Frederick’s Colorado Adventure…
One of I am Able screenings at Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
Coffee Talk with Tom Shadyac
Ice Cream in between snow showers… Colorado Style!
Team I am ABLE with VIP on top!
trying new wheels with crew from Ryder and the wolf
and a Fat tire cruise up towards Bridal Falls
Many thanks to David Holbroke, director of Mountainfilm for his kind generosity and for making our last fat tire ride happen before our departure!
The sun is out … quick grab a few photos on the way to the park!
Congrats to Frederick and I am Able… this team will keep moving mountains!
Views of Ouray at Box Canyon Falls
Red Rocks wouldn’t let us in, but we caught some views of Buffalo on our way back from DIA
3rd and 4th graders of Frisco Elementary School were amazed to see what Frederick could do without hands!
Thanks for all the kids and staff of Dillon Valley Elementary for all of your support, fun questions and beautiful comments!
The kids of DVE brought so many smiles to both Frederick and Christie… thanks for sharing all that you did!
Friends from California and Seattle joined us for a hike up to Rainbow Lake in Frisco
Fun day off for team I am Able
jump photos are a must… when we remember to grab them!
Horseshoe lessons at Foote’s Rest in Frisco
Bean bag toss (corn hole) lessons next! A game that can easily be taken back to UCC in Gisenyi!
Beware of the Bears! The cute ones will surely stop you in your tracks!
Thanks to John at Gatherhouse Glass Studio for taking Frederick in under your wing and letting him play with hot glass!
working with fire
finished work of art… natural artist!
Sunday Funday… on the Upper Colorado!
all smiles and no fear
Captain Frederick trying out the oars!
Captain gave us a tour of the bush… African style!
back on track and working hard
Frederick is starting to understand how important our 4 legged ‘kids’ are to us Colorado folk! Tina obviously felt safe with Frederick on the oars!
3 Bald Eagle sightings… after explaining it was our national animal… he says, ‘just like the mountain gorilla’… YEP! same same, but different! 😉
lunch stop and jump shots
jump shots and laughs continued for a while
Cowboy sighting on the way to the Dinosaur tracks!
climbing the walls that dinosaurs once walked on!
Frederick shot of the group… thanks to all for making such a FUNday happen!