Release Date: January 12th, 2007 (Landmark Sunshine Cinema) by Newmarket Films.
Directed by Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker.
BASIC PREMISE: 3 young adults from the sub-Saharan desert of Sudan have the privilege to start a new life in America, the land of opportunity.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: God Grew Tired of Us, narrated by Nicole Kidman, tells a story of almost epic proportions as John, Panther and Daniel, among many others, escape famine, disease and violence in Sudan for a better one in the United States. After violence from a civil war in Sudan either kills or displaces their family, these “lost” boys must struggle to survive on their own in Sudan. At their new refugee camp in Kenya , they don’t have nearly the same potential for success that they would have in America. Co-directors Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker don’t delve into why these 3 boys in particular were selected to go abroad. They’re amazed at all the different kind of food available on the airplane—i.e. candy and soap, which one of the boys unsuccessfully tries to eat. They even need basic instructions about how to flush a toilet, use toilet paper and throw out garbage. More interviews with more provocative questions would have helped the audience to get to know the 3 boys better rather than mostly following them around as they adjust to American civilization. If you’ve seen The Lost Boys of Sudan, this will all be familiar territory and no real surprises, just with a different group of lost Sudanese boys. Nonetheless, it’s consistently fascinating to watch how they try to feel at home in America while never forgetting their life and family in Sudan.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: It feels quite uplifting how these “lost boys” of Sudan lead a safer and more promising life here in American. Most importantly, they learn how to be independent which shows how mature there are. In a particularly moving scene, one of the boys reunites with his mother who he hasn’t seen in many years since the civil war separated them back in Sudan.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Not enough interviews with the 3 “lost boys” of Sudan.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Fascinating, occasionally moving and uplifting.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater
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