The new film from the director of the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar is an occasionally harrowing but ultimately uplifting recounting of the experiences of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’, those children displaced by violence in their homeland who eventually made it to America to start new lives. After the destruction of their village, six survivors, led by Theo (Okwar Jale), flee for their lives to neighbouring Kenya. The arduous trek on foot ends in disappointment when the group is housed in a refugee camp.
However, after some years, provision is made for Mamere (Arnold Oceng), Jeremiah (Ger Duany), Paul (Emmanuel Jal), and Abital (Kuoth Wiel) to leave for America, where they are greeted by Carrie (Reese Witherspoon), who helps them assimilate into this new and baffling culture. This charming film is given extra weight by its casting of genuine ‘lost’ children in the central roles. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
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