Free Film Viewing of "God Grew Tired of Us"

By Barb Lang

“God Grew Tired of Us,” the award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary narrated by Nicole Kidman, explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war.

Brought to you as an event of UW-Barron County’s One World Arts, Literature, and Film Series the film viewing is scheduled for Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rice Lake Public Library.  In the series follow-up event on April 28, people will be able to meet one of the actual ‘Lost Boys,’ John Bul Dau.

“God Grew Tired of Us is a 2006 documentary that was produced by Brad Pitt and won the Grand Jury Prize as well as an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.  

The film’s synopsis: Traveling barefoot across the sub-Saharan desert, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor were among the 25,000 "Lost Boys" (ages 3 to 13) who fled villages, formed surrogate families and sought refuge from famine, disease, wild animals and attacks from rebel soldiers. Named by a journalist after Peter Pan's posse of orphans who protected and provided for each other, the "Lost Boys" traveled together for five years and against all odds crossed into the UN's refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. A journey's end for some, it was only the beginning for John, Daniel and Panther, who along with 3800 other young survivors, were selected to re-settle in the United States. The documentary chronicles their triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and a relocation to America, where the Lost Boys build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping friends and family they left behind.

Following the film there will be a discussion lead by UW-BC art and sociology professors Ginnie Baer and Jayant Anand.

The series will continue with a three-part event on Monday, April 28. A Taste of Nations will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the UW-BC Commons.  This will be followed with the viewing of the art exhibit “Two Lost Boys of Sudan” by artist Bol Aweng at 6:15 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building then a conversation with Aweng and Sudanese writer and survivor John Bul Dau.

The series is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

For more information contact Project Director Lee Friederich, UW-BC professor of English, at or 715-234-8176.


Lee Friederich