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Lost Boys of Sudan (2003)

Unrated | | Documentary | 24 April 2003 (USA)
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

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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Santino Majok Chuor Santino Majok Chuor ... Himself
Jarrid Geduld Jarrid Geduld ... Young boy
Peter Kon Dut Peter Kon Dut
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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 civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary

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Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Dinka | Swahili

Release Date:

24 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamena agoria tou Sudan See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,485, 20 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,651, 30 May 2004
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

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Good Documentary on an Interesting Journey
25 October 2004 | by chronSee all my reviews

This follows two Sudanese boys who immigrated to the United States from a refugee camp. I have always had an interest in other cultures and the way in which the U.S. culture is perceived by those abroad.

This movie held some special interest for me. Peter moved to Olathe, KS where I have lived for 19 years and went to Olathe East High School where my oldest son attended school a grade behind Peter.

It is interesting how the perception of the U.S. changed from one of wild idealism to the realism of hard work. As may kids were going up, I kept telling my kids they don't live in the real world, they live in Olathe. This is an exceptionally affluent area and it was interesting when Peter remarked about being a poor person in the midst of rich people's kids.

My oldest son is a few month in the real world now. He is living, ironically, Houston, TX where the other principal character, Santino lived. It was also interesting to see the contrasts in the lifestyles in Olathe and Houston.

As a documentary, I found it interesting, but honestly, I don't think it would have had the same impact had it not had hit so close to home. It was indeed interesting, but I didn't find it as profound as I had expected. If you are interested in how the U.S. fits in the scheme of our global neighborhood, this is still worth a look.


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