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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. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Christopher Quinn observes the ordeal of three Sudanese refugees -- Jon Bul Dau, Daniel Abul Pach and Panther Bior -- as they try to come to terms with the horrors they experienced in their homeland, while adjusting to their new lives in the United States.

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Critic Reviews for God Grew Tired of Us

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    June 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • There's no way to not like [John] Dau. Or for that matter, God Grew Tired of Us.

    February 22, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for God Grew Tired of Us

  • Apr 14, 2012
    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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2011
    Engaging and insightful look in to our culture from people who have only the tiniest possible inkling of what they might be getting into.
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2011
    Touching story that also serves as a wake up call to the world.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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