The Lost Boys Of Sudan Film Analysis

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The second Sudanese Civil War in Sudan forced millions of innocent people to flee their homes and families in search for safety. Doing so, many got displaced or killed because of starvation, genocidal murder and bomb raids. Those who survived were sent to a refugee camp in Kenya and some - the “lost boys”- a name given by aid workers at the camp, had the fortune to be sent by the United States to America to start a new life. Among these were Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, and Daniel Abol Pach, whose life was documented in God Grew Tired of Us. Furthermore, the documentary explores the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan and their journey as they learn to adapt to the American Life, a life much better and advanced than the oppressed life they lived. The directors, Christopher Dillon Quinn and Tommy Walker, aim to show how the boys cope with learning new customs, rules, trying to keep a job, amongst other things, all while doing the best they can to stay rooted in their culture and help those they left behind in the refugee camp. With actual footage and relatable characters, the film sets a tone that evokes sympathy to viewers, thus relaying a need of action and validating his message of Americans’ forgetfulness and ignorance to their blessings. The beginning of the film showing real footage from the Civil War in Sudan, the starvation and the condition the young men were in, serves as a way to build the setting, characters and context. Along with those archives, the directors back up
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