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An award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, narrated by Nicole Kidman, GOD GREW TIRED OF US explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. Traveling barefoot across the sub-Saharan desert, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor were among the 25,000 "Lost Boys" (ages 3 to 13) who fled villages, formed surrogate families and sought refuge from famine, disease, wild animals and attacks from rebel soldiers. Named by a journalist after Peter Pan's posse of orphans who protected and provided for each other, the "Lost Boys" traveled together for five years and against all odds crossed into the UN's refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. A journey's end for some, it was only the beginning for John, Daniel and Panther, who along with 3800 other young survivors, were selected to re-settle in the United States.The documentary chronicles their triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and a
God Grew Tired of Us is as much about America as it is about Africa. The moving documentary begins in war-torn Sudan with the mid-1980s exodus of 27,000 Christian boys, most between five and ten. After their arrival in Kenya, the UN steps in with aid. Directors Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker pick up the story a decade later, narrowing their focus to Panther, John, and Daniel, three of 3,800 given the opportunity to resettle in the US. Quinn and Walker are with them when they land in the States, where everything is new and exciting--electricity, running water, pre-packaged foodstuffs--all the things Americans take for granted. Through the assistance of various relief organizations, their expenses are covered for the next few months. After that, the trio is expected to provide for themselves (they're older than the subjects in 2003's The Lost Boys of Sudan). Divided between Pittsburgh, PA and Syracuse, NY, the young men are thrilled with their suburban lives. Over the next year, however, joy turns to sorrow. They miss their families and have trouble making connections beyond their social group. The directors document another two years, by which point things are finally starting to look up. Produced by Brad Pitt, God Grew Tired of Us won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance. Nicole Kidman provides a little narration, but for the most part, the Lost Boys speak for themselves, which is exactly as it should be. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.52 Ounces
- Item model number : 3342236
- Director : Christopher Quinn
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 29 minutes
- Release date : August 14, 2007
- Actors : John Bul Dau, Panther Bior, Daniel Abul Pach
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000R8YC22
- Number of discs : 1
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God Grew Tired Of Us is exceptional for several reasons. First, it is an accurate portrayal of the plights of countless children who flee war-torn countries and grow up in refuge camps or settlements in Africa and in the Middle East. Second, the documentary focuses on both the horrific conditions and atrocities of war, but also on the resourcefulness, ingenuity, and resolve of the children to adapt to their fate. Third, while this documentary is at times heart-wrenching, it is also a poignant portrayal of the young boys humanity and spirit of community to act as caretakers for the other younger orphans among their groups. Finally, their desire to survive and become empowered by education is what fires their determination to do well in their adopted country so that they can help the others left behind. How admirable! How honorable!
I've seen other movies about refugee children rescued by various organizations, which portrayed many of the challenges thousands of orphaned children face adapting to a new country and language. Among the better movies was the Israeli-French film titled, LIVE AND BECOME, in which a young Christian boy living in a Sudanese refugee camp is disguised as a Jew and is sent with an Ethiopian Jewish mother [who recently lost her son], under the pretext that the boy is her child so that the two can escape in one of the first air lifts funded by Israel's 'Operation Moses'.
In both the documentary 'God Grew Tired Of Us' and the movie, 'Live And Become', the themes of cultural-ethnic heritage and the desire to maintain one's native country's cultural identity and customs is paramount. Also, in the movie and the documentary the young adult men who achieve a level of success in their adoptive countries, while grateful, all have a strong desire and feelings of obligation to return to their native land, feeling compelled to help their fellow country men.
God Grew Tired Of Us, is definitely a 'must see' documentary to heighten our awareness of what life is like for hundreds of thousands of children domed to life in refugee camps. Most importantly, it is a testament about survival and the power of the human heart to overcome seemingly hopeless challenges, if given an opportunity.
Buy this film. You won't be disappointed.
Maizie Lucille James
July 12, 2012
Their views of the excesses of our overly material society and their experience with racism brought tears to my eyes. John Dau was mystified at American Christmas because in the refugee camp it would have been a day of dancing and singing, not feasting and gifts. It was edifying to see that two of the three adjusted to life here and made successes of themselves. One returned to Africa to continue to give back to his people. John Dau was reunited with his family after many years of not even knowing if they were alive.