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God Grew Tired Of Us (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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 filmmaker Christopher Quinn spent four years following them on their journey in a new and unfamiliar land. In God Grew Tired of Us, Quinn documents the young men as they struggle to build new lives for themselves, acquaint themselves with the "American" way of doing things, the difficulties of being black in a primarily white culture, and try to track down the friends and family they were forced to leave behind. God Grew Tired of Us received its North American premier at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; actor Brad Pitt served as the film's executive producer.

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (26)

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
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.

Full Review… | March 29, 2007
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
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.

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
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?

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
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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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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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.

Anthony Lewis
Anthony Lewis

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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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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