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God Grew Tired Of Us (2006)

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91

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 64 | Rotten: 6

Not just a powerful telling of the journey of exiled Sudanese boys, God Grew Tired of Us is also a poignant account of the determination of the human spirit.

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 1

Not just a powerful telling of the journey of exiled Sudanese boys, God Grew Tired of Us is also a poignant account of the determination of the human spirit.

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Three young men leave behind a land in chaos to find new lives in a thoroughly different culture in this documentary. As the African nation of Sudan fell into political disarray near the dawn of the 21st century, with unspeakable violence following in its wake, thousands of refugees attempted to flee the country, making their way into Kenya in hopes of earning passage elsewhere. Jon Bul Dau, Daniel Abu Pach, and Panther Bior were three such people who eventually came to the United States, and

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Too often with documentaries, we get only the tears. There is no second act or resolution. Christopher Quinn's God Grew Tired of Us gives us reason to hope about a human catastrophe.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The film is not a pity party, it's a story of resilient people bearing up under conditions few of us could imagine.

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Not as good, nor as complex, as The Lost Boys, but that doesn't make the story of mass annihilation, sprawling refugee camps, the generosity of Americans, and the resilience of a handful of Sudanese survivors any less worthy of telling -- again.

March 9, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's no way to not like [John] Dau. Or for that matter, God Grew Tired of Us.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Their journey isn't over -- many in Africa still desperately need help -- but the hope and opportunities America offers are a grand place to start.

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Can there really be no footage of their uncertainty, anger at unfriendly Americans, even an embrace of bad habits?

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Admittedly amusing fish-out-of-water moments are nothing compared to what the boys face as they try to adapt to a wildly foreign culture.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

It's an uplifting last act, though not one that comes with solutions to an Africa that seems to cough up one genocide after another. Personal redemption and hope aren't a cure-all, but they do shine a light in the darkness.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The Lost Boys' gratitude for simple things will humble those of us accustomed to comfort and opportunity. Their endurance, ambition, and compassion should inspire us.

August 22, 2007
Looking Closer

A thought-provoking film likely to make moviegoers question their own paths in life even as it involves them in the lives of several of the 'Lost Boys' of Sudan...

March 30, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

God Grew Tired of Us is a better film than Lost Boys of Sudan, focusing on details of the men's lives and shifting fluidly between three distinct "characters": John, Daniel and Panther.

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film's subjects display impressive adaptability, as well as a desire not to forget those they've left behind. The emotional high point is a miraculous reunion between one of the 'Lost Boys' and the mother he'd had no contact with for 17 years.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It deflates upon arriving in the vast, familiar blandness we know as America.

March 5, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker made this fine and never simply pleading film, its moving subjects including tall, gentle, tireless, prayerful and humane John Bul Dau.

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

In an age where xenophobia is rife, God Grew Tired of Us presents the opposite side of the coin.

February 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A beautiful documentary, deserving of its Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards.

February 28, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Not quite intimate, the film can only hint at its subjects' depths of pain and strength, inviting them to remember and observing as they grapple with the perversities of life in the States.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

[A] simple and direct documentary.

February 23, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

Satisfying enough to demonstrate that some stories deserve to be told more than once.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The film affirms that if it is possible to survive when you have lost your home, family, and country, it is possible to start over and prevail.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

About the untold ways in which males can and have nurtured one another in ways that build and create a sense of family and community.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

Audience Reviews for God Grew Tired Of Us

Sudanese refugees adjust to life in America in this documentary.
What was most interesting to me was how starkly this film depicts Maslow's hierarchy of needs. After the "Lost Boys" move to America, out of the squalid camp they grew up in, they quickly ascended Maslow's hierarchy, first craving the basic necessities until the lack of community and Americans' isolationist tendencies becomes too much to handle.
The film also depicts genuinely good people. They are hard-working and loving individuals. Such stories are nice in a landscape of anti-heroes.
Overall, God Grew Tired of Us is a nice film about a rise from the worst situation to one that is good but imperfect.
April 16, 2012
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Jim Hunter

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the so-called 'lost boys' were forced to flee their homes in southern sudan under sentence of death during the civil war there. after seeing their relatives killed and their friends die, after 10 years of wandering and refugee camps, some were relocated to the united states. this is the story of the immigrant experience of people who had never even seen electricity. fascinating stuff
August 2, 2010
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Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A Great Film, Having spent most of my life outside the United States, I could somwhat relate to how these guys felt. I remember having been outside the US for 9 years and coming back and going to a grocery store (Publix) and seeing all the choices. To many people here in the Us don't know what it is to do without. Can you imagine anyone in the US walking a 1000 miles, children and women. I don't think so. See this one please.
January 11, 2008
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Bruce Bruce

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Engaging and insightful look in to our culture from people who have only the tiniest possible inkling of what they might be getting into.
April 23, 2011
Anthony Lewis

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  • God Grew Tired of Us (UK)
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