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Lost Boys of Sudan
     

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

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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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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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Release Date:
11/02/2004
UPC:
0767685564431
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
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