Three young men leave behind a land in chaos to find new lives in a thoroughly different culture in this documentary. As the African nation of Sudan fell into political disarray near the dawn of the 21st century, with unspeakable violence following in its wake, thousands of refugees attempted to flee the country, making their way into Kenya in hopes of earning passage elsewhere. Jon Bul Dau, Daniel Abu Pach, and Panther Bior were three such people who eventually came to the United States, and filmmaker Christopher Quinn spent four years following them on their journey in a new and unfamiliar land. In God Grew Tired of Us, Quinn documents the young men as they struggle to build new lives for themselves, acquaint themselves with the "American" way of doing things, the difficulties of being black in a primarily white culture, and try to track down the friends and family they were forced to leave behind. God Grew Tired of Us received its North American premier at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; actor Brad Pitt served as the film's executive producer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I agree with the other reviewers who praised this movie. It is excellent. I watched the movie myself and decided my children needed to see it. So as a family, I watched it with my husband and children again. They were glued to the t.v. watching the story and we talked about it as it went. I would ask them questions and point out facts they may have missed.
If you do show it to children younger than 14, I would watch the first part again. You may wish, as I did, to skip over a part where one boy mentions the sterilization technique the enemy used. And there is one mention of rape.
My children learned of the hardships in other countries, the differences between cultures, about how foreigners might feel coming to America, and things America does well and doesn't do so well.
As touching a movie as I've seen in a long time. And real to boot!
The hardships endured by these children humble me when I look at all that I've come to expect in life. This is a well-done movie reminding us of the crisis in Sudan. Children are forced to grow up and face lives filled with hardship. Those offered the opportunity to come to America acclimate to a completely foreign environment, work multiple jobs, and go to school, remembering the friends, families, and lives they left behind. They display work and service ethics that inspire me to want to do more. This is the story of some amazing young people. Thought provoking and inspiring.
I did not know what to expect when I first put this movie in my queue, but I was pleasantly surprised. I learned a lot about the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan and was able to put a voice and face to the plight of the children of Sudan.
It was very informative and a tear jerker at time.
It brings the world closer to where you are.