God Grew Tired Of Us

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Not just a powerful telling of the journey of exiled Sudanese boys, God Grew Tired of Us is also a poignant account of the determination of the human spirit.



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Three young men leave behind a land in chaos to find new lives in a thoroughly different culture in this documentary. As the African nation of Sudan fell into political disarray near the dawn of the 21st century, with unspeakable violence following in its wake, thousands of refugees attempted to flee the country, making their way into Kenya in hopes of earning passage elsewhere. Jon Bul Dau, Daniel Abu Pach, and Panther Bior were three such people who eventually came to the United States, and filmmaker Christopher Quinn spent four years following them on their journey in a new and unfamiliar land. In God Grew Tired of Us, Quinn documents the young men as they struggle to build new lives for themselves, acquaint themselves with the "American" way of doing things, the difficulties of being black in a primarily white culture, and try to track down the friends and family they were forced to leave behind. God Grew Tired of Us received its North American premier at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; actor Brad Pitt served as the film's executive producer.


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Critic Reviews for God Grew Tired Of Us

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  • Too often with documentaries, we get only the tears. There is no second act or resolution. Christopher Quinn's God Grew Tired of Us gives us reason to hope about a human catastrophe.

    Apr 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Not as good, nor as complex, as The Lost Boys, but that doesn't make the story of mass annihilation, sprawling refugee camps, the generosity of Americans, and the resilience of a handful of Sudanese survivors any less worthy of telling -- again.

    Mar 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • There's no way to not like [John] Dau. Or for that matter, God Grew Tired of Us.

    Feb 22, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Their journey isn't over -- many in Africa still desperately need help -- but the hope and opportunities America offers are a grand place to start.

    Feb 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Can there really be no footage of their uncertainty, anger at unfriendly Americans, even an embrace of bad habits?

    Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • This moving documentary by Christopher Quinn vividly contrasts the material hunger of the third world (on the plane trip over the men devour the condiments included with their airline meal) and the spiritual starvation of the first world.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for God Grew Tired Of Us

  • Apr 14, 2012
    Sudanese refugees adjust to life in America in this documentary. What was most interesting to me was how starkly this film depicts Maslow's hierarchy of needs. After the "Lost Boys" move to America, out of the squalid camp they grew up in, they quickly ascended Maslow's hierarchy, first craving the basic necessities until the lack of community and Americans' isolationist tendencies becomes too much to handle. The film also depicts genuinely good people. They are hard-working and loving individuals. Such stories are nice in a landscape of anti-heroes. Overall, God Grew Tired of Us is a nice film about a rise from the worst situation to one that is good but imperfect.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2011
    Engaging and insightful look in to our culture from people who have only the tiniest possible inkling of what they might be getting into.
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2011
    Touching story that also serves as a wake up call to the world.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    the so-called 'lost boys' were forced to flee their homes in southern sudan under sentence of death during the civil war there. after seeing their relatives killed and their friends die, after 10 years of wandering and refugee camps, some were relocated to the united states. this is the story of the immigrant experience of people who had never even seen electricity. fascinating stuff
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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