Lost Boys of Sudan

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Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk's award-winning documentary Lost Boys of Sudan examines what happens when a pair of Sudanese boys, orphaned due to a civil war in their home country, are allowed to live for a year in the United States. Santito and Peter must contend with extreme examples of culture shock, while also figuring out how to negotiate a world that is physically safe but emotionally and intellectually foreign to them. Unlike many documentaries, the film does not employ a ...
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Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk's award-winning documentary Lost Boys of Sudan examines what happens when a pair of Sudanese boys, orphaned due to a civil war in their home country, are allowed to live for a year in the United States. Santito and Peter must contend with extreme examples of culture shock, while also figuring out how to negotiate a world that is physically safe but emotionally and intellectually foreign to them. Unlike many documentaries, the film does not employ a voice-over narration.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker commentary; Filmmaker interview; Deleted scenes; "Where Are They Now" updates; Bonus Lost Boys music; Filmmaker biographies; Resources; Theatrical trailer
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The documentary Lost Boys of Sudan is an early artistic endeavor profiling the so-called "Lost Boys," Sudanese war refugees who were given homes and asylum in the United States following the Second Sudanese Civil War. (It was followed by the 2006 documentary God Grew Tired Of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan and Dave Eggers's novel What is the What.) It opens with the two main subjects, Santino Majok Chuor and Peter Nyarol Dut preparing to leave their refugee camp for Atlanta and directors Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk ably capture the surreal humor and profound sense of displacement the young men undergo adjusting to the United States and its culture. The cinema verite documentary techniques involved are not especially groundbreaking, but the directors have a skill for isolating representative moments. A scene where Peter is interviewed by his high school newspaper in Omaha encapsulates the wide gulf in understanding and the well-meaning but often futile intentions of his American hosts. As the boys struggle to hold jobs, get an education, and live up to a variety of expectations while struggling with their traumatic pasts their sense of isolation only deepens. This documentary was made and released too soon after the start of the resettlement program's inception to reach any profound conclusions on what the lost boys legacy may be, and the ending is a somberly enigmatic ellipse. Yet Mylan and Shenk have still created an indescribably complex political, humanitarian, and interior study of the lives of these war refugees.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • UPC: 767685966235
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Megan Mylan Director, Producer
Jon Shenk Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Mark Becker Editor
Frances Reid Executive Producer
Kim Roberts Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Tired Past [7:50]
2. For My People [5:41]
3. New Beginnings [7:03]
4. Culture Shock [7:57]
5. Living Environment [9:16]
6. Education in Life [9:23]
7. Social Aspect [7:38]
8. Lessons in Finance [9:38]
9. Far From Home [9:35]
10. Summer Camp [5:21]
11. For the Future [6:35]
12. Credits [1:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Commentary
         Listen to Commentary From Filmmakers Jon Shenk and Megan Mylan: On
         Listen to Commentary From Filmmakers Jon Shenk and Megan Mylan: Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Mormons
         Phone Company
      Filmmaker Interview
      "Where Are They Now" Updates
         Santino Majok Chuor
         Peter Nyarol Dut
      Lost Boys Music
         Traditional Dinka Music
            Play
         Contemporary Dinka Music
            Play
      About the Filmmakers
         Megan Mylan
         Jon Shenk
      Resources
      To Donate
      Theatrical Trailer
      About Docurama
         Credits
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