The film centers around the life of the famous Lost Boys of Sudan. Although the film, which is a documentary, featured three of the Lost Boys, the group actually composes of around 25,000 young men that had fled the civil war that erupted in Sudan back in the eighties. The documentary follows these three young Sudanese men as they move to the US. The film is directed and written by Christopher Dillon Quinn, produced by Brad Pitt and narrated by Nicole Kidman. The film runs for 86 minutes and is mainly in English.
This film is an uplifting documentary wherein it follows the resettlement of a group of men referred to as the Lost Boys. However, the film focuses on 3 young men that were uprooted by the civil war as children in Sudan. This is a much softer version of an earlier documentary entitled “The Lost Boys of Sudan”. This film is under the production of National Geographic. Unlike many other documentaries that tend to lean on the sensationalism in order to spark outrage and cynicism, this film is inspirational and provides a lesson to every viewer about a different outlook on life.
You will see a balance of what is good and what is bad for the boys. You will hear what they think about America as they are all new immigrants in the country. Something as simple as electricity they find it difficult before they arrived in the country. However, during the first few days, they are living in America in different locations, they were able to adapt slowly to what life in America is. From the simple switching off lights, how to use the bathroom and even their firsthand grocery shopping at a supermarket. However, despite their lack of knowledge about life in the city, they’ve remained respectful, charming and even display good manners. Three of these men were Panther Bior, Danial Abul Pach, and John Bul Dau. Each of them is a member of the animist, Christian, the Dinka, and agricultural people from the southern region of Sudan wherein they were driven out from their lands by the forces of the Islamic government from the northern region. Other than that, there is barely any historical background regarding how the war started.
The three ranges between the age mid-20s and the early 30s, they were among the 25,000 lost boys ages between 3 and 13 that fled their homes during the eighties in order to escape sterilization or annihilation. The three, including with the rest of the boys that were listed to be sheltered in America, traveled by foot for 5 years after they escaped from Sudan. They went through dehydration, starvation, disease, attacks from the rebel soldiers and wild animals that have reduced their numbers by the thousand, before they were able to enter the refugee camp headed by the United Nations in Kakuma, Kenya.
Once the group arrived in Kenya, they have formed their own communal group, in which the film portrayed as something really gentle. The older children are taught to take care of the younger ones. They were in limbo in this refugee camp for over 10 years, wherein they were able to receive education, used clothing and handful of rations.
John, Panther, and Daniel were among the boys selected from the group in order to be resettled and sent to New York by the International Rescue Committee through Nairobi, Kenya, and Brussels, Belgium. Once they have reached in the United States, Panther and Daniel were sent to Pittsburgh, where the two became roommates. The oldest, John, settled in an apartment in Syracuse.
The documentary follows through the three’s lives over the course of 4 years. Each of them gave different yet positive reactions to the intense pressures when they are adjusting to the life in a non-agricultural society wherein success is defined by a number of dollars you own or earn. After one year of support, each of them goes to work in order to pay back the airfare that they got when they traveled from Kenya to the US. This means that they are taking about 3 jobs in each day like busing the tables at the restaurant, and flipping burgers at a fast food chain, all the while they send all the money they can earn to their relatives in Africa.
Join these three men in their ordeal from the start where they are interviewed in their camp in Kakuma, Kenya all the way until they reached the US. You will also find after four years of their struggle that each of their efforts bears fruit and are successful.