The Lost Boys of Sudan was given to the groups of over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005). Nearly 2.5 million were killed and millions more were displaced.
The Good Lie based on these unfortunate turn of events in the early 80’s, gives us a “fly on the wall ” account of four Sudanese children relocated to American from the point of view of their employment agency counselor – Carrie. (Reese Witherspoon)
Things we take for granted like fast food, phones ringing and driving present real challenges and magical consequences for this group of Sudanese refugees. Not to mention the fact that being separated from their only sister. losing several siblings to disease, watching their parents murdered and having another sibling captured by militia leaves them all with a sense of being lost while trying to assimilate to a way of living as foreign to them as they are to America.
It was interesting to me that Reese Witherspoon is being touted as the star of the film just as Brad Pitt was pushed as the star of 12 Years A Slave in order to put butts in the seats. Regardless, I am just glad the story is being told and brought to the forefront. We take a lot for granted here in America and need to open our eyes and hearts to other parts of the world who are less fortunate. Now more than ever, the lessons and words of the 60’s Civil Rights Movement should be resoundingly heard…not as a whisper barely heard or spoken.
Kudos to Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Casting Director Mindy Marin for using actors who are real Sudan survivors.
The Good Lie opened in theaters on October 3rd to $841K and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Run…don’t walk.