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God Grew Tired Of Us: The Story Of The Lost Boys Of Sudan (Documentary)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: B†††† Film: B

 

 

Sudan is one of the many places where ugly genocide, poverty and strife have been a daily occurrence.As relief from a brutal civil war, three young men (John, Panther and Daniel) get a chance to travel to The United States and Christopher Quinnís impressive new documentary God Grew Tired Of Us (2006) starts with their finding their names on a list of where they are going.Two land up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the other in Syracuse, New York.They are out of contact with much of their family and friends, if they even know where they are to begin with.

 

First comes the culture shock, along with the disbelief of the simplest inconveniences.The guys are sincere and charming, more aware of reality than many of the persons they run into (especially in Pittsburgh) and pick up many things quickly.It is not easy to be half way around the world and integrate.Of course, there are those who donít know how to react at all, but these visitors have more important things to pay attention to.Not everything is perfect, there are rough spots too, but this becomes more involving the more you watch like the best documentaries of its kind.

 

Nicole Kidman narrates and what is written for her is never overdone, too long or dumb.The cites visited and land left behind become characters of their own to some extent, but Quinn and his crew pull off a powerful enough work that it deserves to get as much attention as possible.National Geographic and Newmarket co-produced this exceptional work in an increasingly crowded and interesting field.Even if you are not one for documentaries, this should be on your must-see list.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image was in various video formats by Paul Daley and Bunt Young.There are flaws and limits, but the camera and shot choices are above average for the many, many productions (dramatic and documentary) that we have seen in recent (and usually sloppy) video production.Part of it comes from taking the subject mater seriously and being able to focus on it.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is an ambitious attempt to stretch out the location audio, but it thins it out instead, but the sound here is fine for a documentary otherwise.The Jamie Saft score is smart, as was his work for Murderball, reviewed elsewhere on this site.The music does not always dominate the mix either.Extras include a behind the scenes featurette called Finding The Lost Boys and commentary by the director and boys turned men of Sudan.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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