Lost Boys of Sudan (2004)



Critic Consensus: The Lost boys of Sudan works as both a riveting documentary and scathing indictment of colonialism.

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Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk's award-winning documentary Lost Boys of Sudan examines what happens when a pair of Sudanese boys, orphaned due to a civil war in their home country, are allowed to live for a year in the United States. Santito and Peter must contend with extreme examples of culture shock, while also figuring out how to negotiate a world that is physically safe but emotionally and intellectually foreign to them. Unlike many documentaries, the film does not employ a voice-over narration.
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Critic Reviews for Lost Boys of Sudan

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (23)

Shot on video, and with the look of a PBS entry, it nevertheless manages to function on several levels -- all of them complex and sophisticated.

August 26, 2004
Arizona Republic
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Culture shock is hopelessly inadequate to describe the experience of the young subjects of the riveting documentary Lost Boys of Sudan.

Full Review… | August 6, 2004
Seattle Times
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Offers an opportunity to see a good movie and learn something about an issue that has received far too little attention in the U.S. press.

July 23, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It might help you understand an unfamiliar face walking toward you on the street, and that's a great accomplishment for any film.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
Denver Post
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A documentary about two refugees who come to the United States, it offers a detailed look at the hurdles they face but makes no attempt to analyze, explain or advocate changes that would help them.

Full Review… | June 24, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Lacking that exotic 'foreign' focus and by failing to address the hardships of their early lives, we're left with a routine film about teenagers making mistakes or growing up too fast.

June 4, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Lost Boys of Sudan


Doc film about Sudanese refugees in America orphaned by war atrocities and their experience in the US.

Aileen Santos
Aileen Santos

So similar to God Grew Tired of Us (even had a few EXACTLY identical clips), it was difficult to watch. But I respect the Lost Boys'...their struggles, their past, having to change so much when coming to America...they are such a brave, strong people :)

Lizz Nizz
Lizz Nizz

Technically, this documentary is about as basic as you can get. It is, however, a fairly good firsthand account of the acclimation of hopeful Sudanese refugees to American life, and their eventual realization of the fact that there is no "Heaven on Earth".

LaVaughn Haynes
LaVaughn Haynes

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