God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

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Published on: 2008.07.05

This touching documentary, narrated by Nicole Kidman and produced by Brad Pitt, covers the life of three Sudanese boys who fled Sudan along with thousands of others during the ongoing wars.

The filmmakers followed Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, and Daniel Abol Pach while in their refugee camp in Kenya, and throughout their later relocation to America (Syracuse, N.Y., and Pittsburgh, Penn.)

For me, the most touching moments were when the boys boarded the airplanes to make the long trip. Because they’d never used electricity or running water, the amenities on the airliner seemed to boggle their minds. In only got more complex when they moved into apartments in the U.S.

They had to be shown how to use the bathroom, light switches, toilet paper, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, toasters, trash cans (“Here, we don’t throw our trash out the window,” their guide explained), and more.

Each of them got jobs in the U.S., and most of them have gone to school as well. All of them sent money back home, and a couple of them were reunited with their families. One of them worked three jobs at once.

It’s touching because it’s true, and it’s inspiring because these boys made well for themselves. One of the, John Bul Dau, now has his own foundation, which builds health clinics in Southern Sudan.

I’ve seen documentaries with better filmwork, but few have tackled such compelling stories.

God Grew Tired of Us won the top two awards for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, and it should have.

IMDb: God Grew Tired of Us
Wikipedia: God Grew Tired of Us
Rating: PG
(thematic elements and some disturbing images)
Length: 89 min (1:29)
Director: Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker
Genre: Documentary
My Rating: 8 of 10
Family Friendly: There’s nothing in this movie that you wouldn’t see on the national news occasionally. The “disturbing images” that gave it a PG rating are starving children in Africa, and an occasional bit of war footage.
Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Abol Pach

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