8.0/10
2,410
24 user 43 critic

God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan (original title)
Trailer
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Directors:

(as Christopher Quinn),

Writer:

(as Christopher Quinn)
6 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Lost Boys of Sudan is a feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest ... See full summary »

Directors: Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk
Stars: Santino Majok Chuor, Jarrid Geduld, Peter Kon Dut
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A gripping, emotionally charged film that follows wrongfully convicted men freed by DNA evidence after decades in prison as they struggle to transition back into society.

Director: Jessica Sanders
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary on the psychological aspects of growing up with and without parental love. It centers around the Diaz family, who chooses to adopt three orphans from Russia, and how their new and old kids handle family together.

Director: Sarah McCarthy
Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A self-help guide which applies the teachings of philosophers to dealing with life's everyday problems.

Stars: Alain de Botton, Jonathan Aitken, Bill Clinton
Crazy Love I (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach.

Directors: Dan Klores, Fisher Stevens
Stars: Burt Pugach, Linda Pugach, Bob Janoff
Wild China (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau.

Stars: Bernard Hill
Witch Hunt (2008)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation.

Directors: Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman
Stars: Jack Cummings, Jackie Cummings, Allen Grafton
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy
Stars: Banksy, Space Invader, Mr. Brainwash
Murderball (2005)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan
The Garden I (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future.

Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Stars: Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Antonio Villaraigosa
Wordplay (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.

Director: Patrick Creadon
Stars: Will Shortz, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart
Documentary

An examination of our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer's memoir.

Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Panther Bior ...
Himself
John Bul Dau ...
Himself
...
Narrator
Daniel Abol Pach ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

In 1987, Sudan's Muslim government pronounced death to all males in the Christian south: 27,000 boys fled to Ethiopia on foot. In 1991, they were forced to flee to Kenya; 12,000 survived to live in a U.N. camp in Kakuma. Archival footage documents the 1,000 mile flight; we see life in the camp. We follow three young men who repatriate to the U.S. John Bul Dau goes to Syracuse, and by the film's end, becomes a spokesperson for the Lost Boys and Lost Girls of Sudan; Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Bior go to Pittsburgh. All work several jobs, send money back to the camp, search for relatives lost in the civil war, acclimatize to the U.S., seek an education, and miss their homeland. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

God Grew Tired of Us  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$27,076 (USA) (12 January 2007)

Gross:

$275,736 (USA) (23 March 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Daniel Patch and Panther Bior remain in Pennsylvania. Pach lives in the township of Whitehall, while Bior lives in the borough of Castle Shannon. See more »

Quotes

John Bul Dau: It was as if the last day, as people say in the Bible, that there will be a last day, that Jesus Christ will come, and whatever on Earth will be judged. That was my imagination. I though that God felt tired of people on earth here, felt tired of the bad deeds, the bad thing that we are doing, yet God is watching on us. I thought God got tired of us and he want to finish us. When I think of it back... it was so bad anyway. You can even think of - you can even regret why you were born. Why you ...
See more »

Connections

Features I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Welcome to America?
14 August 2007 | by (atl) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary that is of a rare type, yet one that i wish there was more of. It is rare because it is real. There isn't a script, no plot. The camera follows the characters and not the other way around.

This movie is about a group of Sudanese refugees granted asylum into the USA after wandering around Africa for years having been displaced by the wars in the 1990s that affected Sudan.

I am sure some will say that we have all seen this before.. people in dire situations, starving people, famine.. Yes we have, but what we haven't seen enough about is how these people, the few given a chance at a normal life deal with the adjustment and their new home.

This is a movie about Sudanese refugees yet it unmistakably makes you wonder about yourself and your own country. Through their eyes we are given a different perspective about us, perhaps a perspective that we so cannot see from our own point of view. The movie highlights the undeniable workaholic and isolationist American culture that is remotely not as welcoming as we would all like to claim. As the movie progresses we see their lives change, them trying to fit in, struggling with social norms (put your thinking caps on for this part of the movie) and generally trying to make it in the big capitalist state that we are. It isn't easy, but is it worth it? What these people have to give up makes you think of what we have given up and not even realize it or deem it important, yet for someone who comes from a different culture, the fragmented society is not a culture shock, it's lack of culture.

It doesn't matter if one agrees with their views on our weird lifestyle. What matters is that this is a beautiful documentary about struggle, both in the old life and the new. It is amazing to me, yet not foreign, how they are eventually forced to drop out of school and work menial jobs to make ends meet and try to help any people back home they can. Then comes the realization that a man can only do so much..

As time goes we see them make changes (generally improve) to their lives, get involved with activities, mend with the local culture. As we see the changes taking place it is hard not to understand the people and that is one of the high points of this movie. The information isn't forced to you but you warm up to is by listening what the boys have to say about their experiences and their lives.

A highly recommended real life documentary that is worth checking out, particularly if you like something different. There are also a few lines (can't miss them) that will make you chuckle because they are the same things that every American says often.


18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
6th graders? casi99
when is it being released? studiod-3
Title bondrmmns005
Brad Pitt Executive Producer? roxanneroxann25
DVD Release?? hartsxthree
distributer? ddaga4
Discuss God Grew Tired of Us (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?