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22 Years from Home (2009)

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1983. 5 AM. Wernyol, Sudan. Kuek Garang, six years old, grabbed by the collar, is shoved out the back of his grass hut. His terrified parents beg him to run for his life. Kuek ran. Then ... See full summary »

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1983. 5 AM. Wernyol, Sudan. Kuek Garang, six years old, grabbed by the collar, is shoved out the back of his grass hut. His terrified parents beg him to run for his life. Kuek ran. Then walked, along with 27,000 other Lost Boys of Sudan, thousands of miles. Thousands died. Hunger, disease, wild animals, militant marauders, and exhaustion claimed more lives each day. Kuek survived years in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. Then, 15 years later, the United States at the request of the UN High Commission on Refugees, granted Keuk asylum and moved him to Chicago. Now, at age 28, Kuek has discovered that his parents and family miraculously survived the civil war and are living in Sudan and Kenya. "22 Years from Home" is the story of Kuek's joyous and triumphant return to his home, to his family, to the one's he loves. Written by Jim Pembry

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Lost Boy from Sudan returns home after 22 years.
20 May 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

WOW! An inspiring story of a Lost Boy (Kuek Garang) from Sudan who thought his parents died in the Sudanese civil war in 1983. He was six years old when he escaped to, first Ethiopia and then Kenya.

Kuek, now 28 years old, prepares for his trip to Sudan from his adopted hometown of Chicago in the USA. We get a glimpse of his daily routine.

Kuek is such an engaging person, his hope and his humanity shine through, it was amazing to see that, after all he has been through, he has no anger or hatred. Truly moving.

Gorgeous photography. The story is poetically told. I saw this film at the London International Documentary Film Festival. Brilliant film.


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