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Movie Review: God Grew Tired of Us

Alternate Title: The Lost Boys

Story: This heart rending, moving documentary about the tragic story of the Lost Boys of Sudan must be on your to see list. Yes, Sudan has been in the news but it's people have been suffering for much longer than the horrendous recent events you now see on TV and read about in the papers.

The civil war in Sudan started in the early 1980's when the oil rich Muslim north embarked on a campaign to eliminate the mostly farming, Christian south. The slaughter was brutal and with the decision by the Government to kill all of the Christian young males the exodus began. Some 27,000 young boys started to walk out of the Sudan. First they went to Ethiopia, but with the fall of that government in the early 90's they ultimately ended up in a Kenyan refugee camp. Those that survived the harsh years formed a community in the camps that substituted for the families they lost.

Director and writers Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker have made a respectful, compassionate documentary about these boys as some of them, under the auspices of humanitarian aide, made their way to the United States. In less accomplished hands this film could have been cloying. They focused on three of the boys and their adjustments to a new culture. Over a three year time period we watch as these 'boys' become stronger in health and spirit and attempt to build a community.

I cared about each 'boy' and so will you. If you like films about survival, perseverance and the strength of the human spirit go see it today.

Acting: This does not apply in a documentary but you will fall in love with the three featured boys, for sure.

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Critters: File footage of cattle.

Food: There are some humorous passages involving food. The scene where the boys eat their first airplane food is reason enough to see the film.

Opening Titles: Nicole Kidman is the narrator. There is a short explanatory sequence so we understand the history of the boys.

Theater Audience: I entered the theater and there was no one else there. Suddenly, about 50 high school kids and their teacher stormed into the theater. I panicked. Should I go to the manager and get a rain check? Is this going to be a nightmare? Why are these kids here on a Wednesday morning? Then I thought maybe it was a good idea they were there and I should just stop being an idiot. The smells of the nachos, franks, popcorn and other goodies was overwhelmingly nauseating. But I stuck it out. Then just as suddenly they all got up and left. They were in the wrong theater. They were supposed to be next door at the showing of 'Letters from Iwo Jima'. Then I had a private showing - sweet.

Sappy Factor: 0

Squirm Scale: The file footage of the thin starving children is haunting but fleeting.

Drift Factor: 0

Predictability Level: I had read about these boys and knew most of the story.

Tissue Usage: You would have to have a heart made of stone not to cry at the end.

Oscar Worthy: Yes.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine but I like to support these types of films by going to the theater.

Length: 90 minutes