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God Grew Tired of Us

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Emotional docu finds hope for Sudan's "lost boys."

Movie PG 2007 86 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Great to build empathy

My first review caused by Common Sense Media giving it ONLY 3 Stars???!!! why?? This was such a moving film. Made my kids realize how good they have it as well as want to give to others who struggle.

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age 10+

Powerful film

This is an amazing documentary that every American should see. It tells the story of several Lost Boys from Sudan- from their journey through the desert to Kenyan refugee camps, to resettlement in the US. If you think that once they arrive in the US all their problems are resolved, think again. This film broadens one's horizons beyond the borders of the US, and give persepctive about life for many immigrants (refugees and otherwise). Despite their difficulties, these men don't give up- they are determined to survive and even thrive in their new homeland, and to give back to those less fortunate than they.

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This is an inspirational film, even if it does feel simplistic at times; if nothing else, it will likely move viewers to learn more about the subject. God Grew Tired of Us received some mainstream press attention, owing in part to its success at the 2006 Sundance film festival (it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award) and the high profiles of executive producer Brad Pitt and narrator Nicole Kidman. But the story is compelling and worthy of attention even without these trappings. Each young man tells his story with compassion, insight, and seemingly infinite patience, able to see past immediate obstacles and frustrations in order to keep faith in the future. Occasionally, one will recall a particular trauma. John, for instance, as one of the oldest survivors in Kenya, was put in charge of a group of some 1200 boys when he was only 13 -- and so found himself organizing the burials of children who didn't make it. He recalls that time with sadness and wonder that he emerged intact. "When I think of it back," he says, "it was so bad anyway. You can never regret that you were born."

Some details seem worthy of more attention than the film grants: For example, the boys in Pittsburgh are instructed by the local police not to go shopping together, as their "large groups" are alarming merchants. While this suggests ignorance on the merchants' part, no one steps up for the Sudanese refugees. And so they speak for themselves, not only in the documentary, but also in large groups, organizing annual conventions of "Lost Boys" in order to keep track of one another and become active in policy and legal debates concerning their treatment in the United States and efforts to stop genocide in Africa.

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