God Grew Tired of Us
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.
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- Christopher Dillon Quinn
- DVD and streaming
- 2006 Sundance Film Festival®
- Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
- Audience Award: Documentary
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary.
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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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it