Monday, February 4, 2008

God Grew Tired of Us

"God Grew Tired of Us" (Christopher Dillon Quinn, 2006) An amazing documentary (which won both major Documentary Prizes at
the 2006
Sundance Festival)that has a lot of godfathers* and a long history. "God Grew Tired of Us" tells the story of "The Lost Boys of the Sudan," 27,000 refugees who fled the Sudanese Civil War and made their way by foot to Ethiopia and then to Kenya. 10,000 survived the trip across the desert. After education in a refugee camp, the oldest of the young men get the opportunity from the International Rescue Committee and the to travel to other countries--3800 live in the U.S. The film concentrates on three of them-Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, and Daniel Abol Pach as they adjust to life in America, fight loneliness and isolation, and achieve personal goals of jobs, finding surviving family and forming their own charity and help organization to help their fellow countrymen, in the U.S. and at home. There must have been warehouses of material to choose from because it covers a lot of ground over many years. That the film is so powerful and an inspiration is a testament to all those in front and behind the camera.

* The financiers are NewMarket Films, Silver Nitrate and National Geographic. The film was shepherded by Brad Pitt, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Mike Myers and the dispassionate narration provided by Nicole Kidman.

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