God Grew Tired of Us

2006 PG 1h 29m DVD

God Grew Tired of Us

2006 PG 1h 29m DVD
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After raising themselves in the desert along with thousands of other "lost boys," Sudanese refugees John, Daniel and Panther have found their way to America, where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time.
Panther Bior, John Bul Dou, Daniel Abol Pach, Nicole Kidman
Christopher Dillon Quinn
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this moving documentary -- while focused on the strength and resilience of its Sudanese subjects -- details their difficult lives as orphans in Sudan and refugees in Kenya and the United States (where they face significant economic difficulties). Their stories are complicated and sad and include losing family members to state-sanctioned violence. One of the young men seeks and eventually finds his mother and siblings, leading to a very emotional reunion.

Sexual Content

The boys see TV ads (for exercise machines) that feature girls in bikinis and leotards.


Sad early images of children starving in Ethiopia and Kenya; interviewees tell terrible stories of community massacres and violence against their families.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The Sudanese men are resourceful and patient; the people they meet on camera are all decent; very emotional reunion of mother and her "lost" son.


Thematic (some discussion of the commercial aspects of Christmas in the U.S.) and referential (Pepsi, Coca-Cola, one young man works at Mellon Bank), as well as some background imagery (Ritz crackers, Marlboro cigarettes billboard, smiley face logo in window).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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