GOD GREW TIRED OF US
In the late 1980s, about 27,000 Sudanese “Lost Boys” – ages 3 to 13 – fled villages and trekked barefoot 1,100 miles, seeking safe haven from the brutal civil war raging in their homeland. Over half of them died from starvation, dehydration, bomb raids and genocidal murder; the others reached Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp with few prospects. In 2001, 3,600 lost boys were invited by the U.S. to resettle in America. Moving and mind-expanding, God Grew Tired of Us follows three unforgettable young men – John, Daniel, and Panther – on their odyssey in a strange New World. The culture shock begins with airplane loudspeakers and processed food and continues as they orient themselves to refrigerators, running water, and fluorescent-lit supermarkets. It’s fascinating to witness their wonder at Western customs, and even more gripping when the film monitors their spiritual temperatures. The boys juggle multiple menial jobs; for the first time, they find themselves well fed, yet painfully isolated from the brotherly fellowship that once enabled their survival. They face hints of racism and are perplexed by Americans’ need for privacy and anxious about loved ones struggling in Africa. Yet John, Daniel, and Panther – each charismatic and thoughtful –meet their challenges, fueled by a deep desire to help the friends and family they have left behind. While bred in dehumanizing circumstances, their integrity and honor are impeccable, raising profound questions about the conditions necessary to create a civilized society.