God Grew Tired of Us

Directed By: Christopher Quinn

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An award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, narrated by Nicole Kidman, God Grew Tired of Us explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. Traveling barefoot across the sub-Saharan desert, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor were among the 25,000 "Lost Boys" (ages 3 to 13) who fled villages, formed surrogate families and sought refuge from famine, disease, wild animals and attacks from rebel soldiers. Named by a journalist after Peter Pan's posse of orphans who protected and provided for each other, the "Lost Boys" traveled together for five years and against all odds crossed into the UN's refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. A journey's end for some, it was only the beginning for John, Daniel and Panther, who along with 3,800 other young survivors, were selected to re-settle in the United States. The documentary chronicles their triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and a relocation to America, where the "Lost Boys" build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping friends and family they have left behind. The film is produced by Brad Pitt and Dermot Mulroney.

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Studio Sony
SKU 204714429
UPC 043396198999
UPC 14 00043396198999
Format DVD
Release Date 1/18/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Documentary
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note GOD GREW TIRED OF US tells the remarkable story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. In 1987, with explosive violence in the Sudan because of civil war, 25,000 young boys between the ages of three and thirteen fled from their homes, beginning a five-year trek that ultimately led the survivors--many of the boys died along the treacherous journey through the desert--to a United Nations refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. Nicknamed the Lost Boys after the characters in J. M. Barrie's PETER PAN, they formed a tight community in the camp, though they still had little food and shelter and a bleak future. In 2001, 38,000 of the boys, now grown into men, were selected to be relocated to the United States, where they were to be given a new lease on life. Writer-director Christopher Quinn and codirector Tommy Walker closely follow three of the men as they try to make a go of it in what for them is a whole new world--they never before had flown in an airplane, shopped in a supermarket, or turned on an electric light. Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor move into Pittsburgh, while John Bul Dau is sent to Syracuse, where he struggles to maintain his African identity amid this very different society. With new dreams and opportunities, the Lost Boys attempt to adapt to their unique situation, but they never forget the friends and family still trapped in Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, and other parts of Africa. Narrated by Nicole Kidman, and with Brad Pitt serving as one of the executive producers, GOD GREW TIRED OF US is a powerful, compelling, important documentary.
Reviews
Box Office "What's notable about these brave young men is that, no matter how far their former life recedes into memory, their desire to bring loved ones to America never fades." 11/01/2006 p.116
New York Times "[A] sober, uplifting documentary....You are won over by the charm, good manners and nobility of its three subjects." 01/12/2007 p.E8
Directors
Christopher Quinn
Actors
Name Quinn,Christoper Di
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Cast & Crew
Brad Pitt - Executive Producer
Bunt Young - Cinematographer
Catherine Keener - Producer
Christopher Dillon Quinn - Writer
Christopher Dillon Quinn - Director
Daniel Abol Pach - Actor
Jamie Saft - Original Music By
Johanna Giebelhaus, et. al. - Editor
John Bul Dau - Actor
Nicole Kidman - Narrated By
Panther Blor - Actor
Paul Daley - Cinematographer
Tommy Walker - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 19899
UPC 00043396198999
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 89 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Winner (2006) Sundance Film Festival, Christopher Dillon Quinn, Audience Award - Documentary,Sundance Film Festival, Christopher Dillon Quinn, Grand Jury Prize - Documentary
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review The male refugees of war torn east Africa were the subject of 2003's "The Lost Boys of Sudan" and are revisited -- thankfully -- in "God Grew Tired of Us," Christopher Quinn's portrait of three young Sudanese men and their adjustment to life in the United States. Although shot over a longer period of time than "Lost Boys," "God Grew Tired" is a softer, less complex version of essentially the same story, far less troubling in its explorations and implications than "The Lost Boys"...Quinn's is a gorgeous looking film, briskly paced and well-edited, perhaps too well-edited. It doesn't give one a sense of spontaneous difficulty or of the harsh realities these men must have faced, moving uneasily into mainstream America...What we don't get is a sense of what it's really like being black Africans in suspicious white enclaves, even if Quinn reports on some instances of overreaction on the part of the whites, and the occasional meltdown among their new neighbors.
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Reviewer John Anderson
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review When they were children, civil war in Sudan forced John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach, and Panther Bior to run for their lives. They became part of the "Lost Boys"--kids orphaned or otherwise separated from their families--who made their way to a Kenyan refugee camp on foot, forming surrogate families along the way. After years in the camp, the three took part in a mass exodus to the United States to begin new lives. Filmmakers Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker were on hand for that journey, and their moving documentary God Grew Tired of Us follows the tale of survival, while turning a spotlight on the ongoing problems back in Sudan...The three men profiled in this insightful documentary are unforgettable, and so is the film. Sudan has been much in the news. God Grew Tired of Us personalizes it and puts a human face on the catastrophe.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Quinn,Christoper Di
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times ...an unexpectedly funny, trenchant fish-out-of-water-eye-view of American life.
Claudia Puig, USA Today A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.
James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter An incredibly powerful story of renewal, commitment and the resiliency of the human spirit...
Mark Bell, Film Threat Visually stunning and contextually provocative...one of the most beautiful documentaries I've ever seen.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Touching and insightful.

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