Based on real-life events, the film depicts the lives of orphaned Sudanese children of the 1983 Civil war of Sudan. The story of these children aka “The Lost Boys of Sudan” tugged at my heart strings instantly! With triumphs, tragedies, and heart wrenching scenes, audiences are pulled in to the true essence of perseverance!
After a brutal attack by the militia that destroys their village and kills their parents, Theo the eldest son of the chief, brother Mamere, and sister Abital are forced to lead a group of young survivors by foot 1,000 miles across hostile, treacherous terrain towards the safety of a refugee camp in Kenya. While on their plight towards freedom they encounter other fleeing children one in particular, 13 year old Jeremiah already a man of faith and Paul whose skills are essential to their survival.
After thirteen years of survival in the refugee camp, the group now young adults are given an opportunity to resettle in America. They are transported to Kansas City, Missouri where they meet Carrie (Reese Witherspoon) an employment agency counselor; that helps them find jobs. Unbeknownst to Carrie a seemingly ordinary day on the job proves to be quite challenging as the young adults have never seen a phone nor experienced the 21st century!
To remain authentic as possible filmmakers did a world-wide search within Sudanese communities to cast the roles of the young bunch and their efforts proved to be spot on! Arnold Oceng (Mamere), Ger Duany (Jeremiah), Emmanuel Jal (Paul), & newcomer Kuoth Wiel (Abital) were cast as the young survivors. Their performances are surely award winning bound!