Blood Road

Synopsis: The mysteries surrounding her father's death in the Vietnam war lead ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch on an emotional journey as she pedals 1200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Director(s): Nicholas Schrunk
  3 wins.
 
IMDB:
6.8
NOT RATED
Year:
2017
96 min
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(MUSIC PLAYING)

RUSCH:
There's a place I've

been avoiding for a long time.

It's been in my thoughts

for more than 40 years.

What happened there long ago

set me on this path.

There are still lots

of unanswered questions

and I'm not sure I'll find

what I'm looking for.

And this journey, it all

started with my father's story.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

We have made a national pledge.

RUSCH:
My father was a pilot

and he was shot down

during the Vietnam War.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON: We did not choose

to be the guardians of the gate.

MAN 1:
Communism is a threat

we cannot afford to ignore.

WOMAN:
The spread of

communism is imminent.

RUSCH:
I was just 3 years

old, and I never knew him,

and he was missing in action

for a really long time.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON: We do not want an

expanding struggle with consequences

that no one can perceive.

RUSCH:
My mom raised my sister

and I as a single parent.

MAN 2:
A nation divided.

MAN 3:
This war will have ramifications

on this country for generations.

RUSCH:
And we never really

knew if he was alive,

if he was a prisoner of war,

or if he died that day.

All American prisoners of war

will be released.

MAN 4:
They will soon join

the army of the forgotten.

RUSCH:
Over 30 years later,

a search and recovery mission

identified the crash site

and found my father's remains.

And now I feel drawn

to go looking for answers,

to a mystery that's been

with me my entire life.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

RUSCH:
I've been a professional

athlete for most of my life,

and that involves

continually prepping, training,

preparing for some sort

of adventure or race.

I'm pretty much always getting

ready for the next thing.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

JUDY:
Rebecca, growing up, was

always attracted to challenge,

and she was always

doing things outside...

Riding a bike, roller-skating,

ice-skating on the pond,

riding ponies at the fair.

We went camping all the time.

It might have, at an early age,

started instilling the love

of what you can appreciate

out there.

(SCREAMS)

ADAMSON:
Everyone who competes

at really extreme sports

like adventure racing,

climbing, ultra biking,

all these kind of sports,

requires a very high

tolerance to pain.

And consequently,

to participate in these races,

it was mostly by passion

and sacrifice.

No matter how good you are,

people who do these sports

have another job

because they just don't pay.

Back to my other job,

riding bikes.

ANNOUNCER:
Four-time Leadville

100 champion, Rebecca RUSCH!

BANNISTER:
Rebecca has

become a top athlete,

whereas I went

into the Air Force,

but yet you look

at our similarities.

We're both very, very driven.

We both have

probably more energy

than a lot of people

can tolerate.

We're both on a path

to find our dad.

RUSCH:
All of my life, I've

learned if I prepare properly,

I can do almost anything

that I set my mind to achieve.

But this challenge,

this is totally different.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

My father's plane was shot down

over the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The trail is a massive

braided network

that runs through Vietnam,

Laos and Cambodia.

There are a ton of unknowns

I'm gonna need help with,

so I'm putting together

a team with a support crew

and a riding partner to piece

this whole thing together.

It'll be good to have somebody

that knows the area,

speaks the language.

MARTIN:
Yeah.

I've known Rebecca

for over 10 years.

She's had

a great deal of success

as an athlete

in multiple sports.

This trip is something different

than anything she's done

previously,

and I hope she finds

what she's looking for.

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