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Lost Boys of Sudan

By Sarah L. Thomson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.

Movie NR 2003 84 minutes
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The immigrant experience is quintessentially American, and this sensitive, powerful documentary shows it in rare detail and with rare honesty. The directors' skill makes it feel as if the camera isn't there; we simply live Peter and Santino's lives with them. When a classmate interviews Peter for the school paper, the rift between her naive questions and the tragedy of his life is staggering. Finally he puts her off with a gentle comment that "explanation is difficult." By the end, many things about the boys' lives are still unsettled. But the film has done what the interview could not -- made explanation, and even understanding, possible. The Lost Boys of Sudan is a remarkable movie that should be on your must-see list.

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