Lost Boys of Sudan

2004, 87 minutes
Directors/Producers: Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk
Distributed by Actual Films

Santino Majok Chuor looks for his name on the flight list posted in Kakuma Refugee camp. August, 2001. Photo: Jon Shenk
            
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Summary

Lost Boys of Sudan is an Emmy-nominated documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.

Lost Boys of Sudan won an Independent Spirit Award and screened theatrically in 70 cities across the U.S. to strong audience and critical praise. The film was broadcast nationally on the PBS series POV in the fall of 2004 and earned two Emmy nominations.

Across the country, refugee and human rights organizations have collaborated with the filmmakers on fundraising and awareness building events. Screenings of the film have raised a half million dollars in direct educational support for Sudanese youth. Lost Boys of Sudan screened on Capitol Hill with the Congressional Refugee and Human Rights Caucuses as well as with the State Departmentís Refugee and Migration Bureau. The film is in use as an educational tool by Amnesty International and the United Nations. Lost Boys of Sudan is currently traveling to select cities in the U.S. as part of a national outreach campaign to build community support for the Lost Boys group, refugees and the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

The film is suitable for general audiences, including middle- and high-school aged students. Parents and teachers of younger children have found the short video excerpts to be useful.

 

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