God Grew Tired Of Us
(PG, 1:29:26, Released 2006)
|Genres:||Documentary, Special Interest|
|Release Date:||Jan 12, 2007|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 14, 2007|
|Starring:||John Bul Dau, Panther Bior, Daniel Abul Pach, Nicole Kidman|
|Directed by:||Christopher Dillon Quinn|
|Synopsis:||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|
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April 16, 2012
Sudanese refugees adjust to life in America in this documentary.
What was most interesting to me was how starkly this film depicts Maslow's hierarchy of needs. After the "Lost Boys" move to America, out of the squalid camp they grew up in, they quickly ascended Maslow's hierarchy, first craving the basic necessities until the lack of community and Americans' isolationist tendencies becomes too much to handle.
The film also depicts genuinely good people. They are hard-working and loving individuals. Such stories are nice in a landscape of anti-heroes.
Overall, God Grew Tired of Us is a nice film about a rise from the worst situation to one that is good but imperfect.
August 2, 2010
the so-called 'lost boys' were forced to flee their homes in southern sudan under sentence of death during the civil war there. after seeing their relatives killed and their friends die, after 10 years of wandering and refugee camps, some were relocated to the united states. this is the story of the immigrant experience of people who had never even seen electricity. fascinating stuff
January 11, 2008
A Great Film, Having spent most of my life outside the United States, I could somwhat relate to how these guys felt. I remember having been outside the US for 9 years and coming back and going to a grocery store (Publix) and seeing all the choices. To many people here in the Us don't know what it is to do without. Can you imagine anyone in the US walking a 1000 miles, children and women. I don't think so. See this one please.
fb1514635218April 23, 2011
Engaging and insightful look in to our culture from people who have only the tiniest possible inkling of what they might be getting into.
January 13, 2011
Touching story that also serves as a wake up call to the world.
October 4, 2008
This was an excellent documentary. The footage of the lost boys making their way to refugee camps along with their stories, in their own words, was devastating. It really makes you think how much we, as an industrialized nation, have and take for granted and don't even think about. It was especially interesting to me because I lived in Pittsburgh for much of my life, which is where a lot of the film takes place.
November 10, 2007
Great documentary of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Touching and emotional as well as moving. The story is catching and keeps you intriguied throughout the entire movie.
fb68600877April 17, 2012
Really fascinating documentary with some light moments here and there, but it's mostly dark. The documentary focuses on three very different young men who are all very strong characters, and they are really the heart of what the film is about. They did a good job of presenting their story and making us care about what had happened to them and what was still happening to a huge number of refugees--not only there, but across the African continent.
December 19, 2011
A very touching, inspiring documentary chronicling the lives of Sudanese refugees in USA. The great thing about the movie is the scope of time and dedication needed to make it happen: over several years in two different continents..
November 22, 2011
This interesting documentary follows at least three Sudanese men as they travel to the U.S. from a refugee camp in hopes of a better life for themselves and their friends back home. The movie gives you a great perspective of what life was like for these men in both Africa and the United States. It had fairly surprising results, and if anything, it gives much needed attention to what's happening in Sudan. A worthwhile easily viewable documentary by executive producer, Brad Pitt.
November 15, 2011
Depressing and uplifting at the same time. Watch this movie... it will open your eyes to an issue we, as a society, often choose to ignore.
September 7, 2010
A much better film is "What Are We Doing Here?" which critically examines the unspoken waste of charitable money going to Africa (not!).
I was disturbed by the fact that this film completely ignored the fourth man, who went to the psychiatric ward! What happened to him? The film does not say, because, bland as a National Geographic documentary while dealing with genocide (!), it wanted a "happy" ending and had an agenda. This could have been a great film, but it was not entirely honest about the apparently evangelistic motives of Catholic Charities and other organizations who seem to have mixed motives for "helping" those that they invaded and colonized in the first place. (For one thing, I would not house these men, who of course had no cars, in economically struggling, suburban, ugly areas and segregate them from other Sudanese arriving in the U.S.) It made me uncomfortable how the film goads one to laugh at how men raised in rural Africa don't know how to use a toilet or a sink. Isn't that "cute," and doesn't it make us feel so superior? I was also shocked that these men were so indoctrinated as to walk around criticizing Christmas trees, lights, and other harmless celebrations as somehow not Christian enough for them, but had not been sufficiently educated to see cooking as a man's job also. This speaks volumes about what Westerners have been doing to the African people when we should have left them alone. They were not starving or riddled with disease when Africa was colonized and enslaved (and they weren't wearing Adidas and Nike shirts, either!). And as for the reviewer here who says, "Can you imagine anyone in the US walking a 1000 miles, children and women. I don't think so," why don't you walk in an American's shoes before you judge? I have been poor and have easily walked that far - albeit not starving or facing genocide, but don't you think ANYONE who is would do the same? (I have not owned a car in 25 years, and many Americans in rural areas walk long distances to the grocery store because all they have locally are convenience stores.) If this film teaches people to so hate Americans after Americans take in and feed and clothe Sudanese on our tax dollar, at least give us a little credit for sharing some of our wealth and choices with others! Doesn't that reveal character?
And why didn't this film deal with the reason why there were displaced Sudanese in the first place? Because it was the legacy of colonization - by Britain? How many people watch these do-gooder "poor starving Africans" documentaries without any insight into how this situation started, and how powerful, ostensibly "charitable" non-profits are benefiting from the "saving trade" while denying Africans their own particular talents and genius, and thus perpetuating this artificial, Western-created crisis? Anyone who has studied African history can't be comfortable with this film, unfortunately.
April 21, 2010
It is amazing what these men (or boys) went through just to get to where they are today. When the men make it to the United States, it is rather humorous to see how hard the transition is from a Sudanese culture, to all the amenities and the culture of America. Although you will quickly feel bad for laughing. These men should be proud of what they accomplished and how they turned that into positives for their people.
September 4, 2009
The film started with the typical story parroted over and over again in Western media that these people's plight is due to a ?genocide against Blacks? or alternately as an ?Islamic holy-war? against Christians. This film does not challenge those assertions, though there is much more to the situation. In fact, the group who started this whole mess is working to get Israeli influence in the country. Israel has long been using these southern Sudanese rebel fighters to keep the Islamic north busy in order to exploit the region (and to harvest some organs?). But, I guess that wasn't really the focus of the film. The film followed the victims in this internationally created mess, namely the Lost Boys. It showed them living in deplorable conditions in a refugee camp and then followed a few of them when they gained residency in the United States. Both heart-wrenching and funny at times, the culture shock they went through (think Gods Must be Crazy) was amazing to watch. One of the biggest problems one seemed to have is the manner in which Christmas is celebrated in the United States - "What does all this (referring to Christmas trees, lights, Santa Claus, etc) have to do with accepting the birth of Jesus Christ's spirit into your heart?" While there were some very sad aspects of their journey, I do not think the United States has any business inviting these unskilled people over here. Seriously, besides nutso Christians and bleeding-heart liberal humanists, who thinks it a good idea to invite a drastically different culture into the middle of a town - when that drastically different culture has to be taught not to throw trash out their windows or various other niceties which separate those who create the environment from which they originated and their new "home." I was glad to see that they wanted to keep their cultural traditions and fought to keep their youth from slipping into the glorified style of the American Black. They recognized if they were going to survive, they had to unify together, despite being placed in 23 different states. Any group who wishes to protect its identity, its heritage, must do the same or will be lost to the corporate-generated degenerate pop-culture of the time.
May 2, 2009
Wow...those guys are very brave. This follows a few of the Lost Boys of Sudan when they move to America and experience things like electricity, running water, and grocery stores for the first time ever. They have to get used to the culture, and sometimes it's difficult.
October 16, 2008
The fascination lies in their discovery of America. In it they let us see "us" with an outsiders view. The result was dichotomous. America, the land of possibility. America, the land of crippling consumerism.
September 1, 2008
This was a very touching movie. A coworker recommended and I would recommend it as well. Makes you want to get involved and do something about it!
January 7, 2008
Powerful! Wonderfully seamed together. You feel totally pulled into such a unique human experience. And on a side note, it was great for me to see Pittsburgh so frequently used as I was born there. Pretty funny to see the 7-11 (way in the middle of the suburbs) my grandfather used to take me to on a regular basis when I was a kid. A must see.
November 27, 2007
Pretty standard documentary. Most interesting was John Dau's reaction to American style Christmas. What DOES a tree have to do with the birth of Christ??
September 23, 2007
Really well done considering the amount of material covered - from the back-story about how they became refugees to their first experiences in the U.S. Very insightful.
September 8, 2007
I did not know a lot about the "Lost Boys" of Sudan and this movie really openned my eyes. It was a good film to see to learn about the situation that caused the "Lost Boys" and to see the boys struggle to settle in the USA after being offered living arrangments here. Definitely a thought provoking film.
September 2, 2007
i didn't see the begining but from what i saw its a real great story and a real eye opener. shows how they kept hope alive where others would have given up.
June 24, 2007
Think your life sucks because you don't have a date on Friday night? Or you can't afford the tickets to see the latest popular band? Or, you got in a fight with your best friend over something silly and insignificant?
Maybe you need to see this film. It doesn't take long to put everything into perspective. Could you walk a thousand miles across barren land with no food or water or shoes, caring for young children, & burying others while fighting off attacks by wild animals? Could you have done it when you were 13?
This is an educational, inspirational, touching film. Now go call your family and tell them how much you love them!!!