News Release Details

4/2/2010

EAC to screen award-winning film on Sudan’s

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—As part of its Foreign Film Festival, EAC’s International Club will present a screening of God Grew Tired of Us, an award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary on the Lost Boys of Sudan, on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in the College’s Lee Little Theater.

The Lost Boys of Sudan are the more than 27,000 boys of southern Sudan who were displaced and orphaned during the second Sudanese War between 1983 and 2005. Most of these boys were orphaned when government troops attacked villages in southern Sudan and made the trek to Kenya, over thousands of miles, mostly on foot, fighting famine, disease, wild animals, and attacks from rebel soldiers.

This 2006 documentary film follows the journey of three of these lost boys, John Bul Dau, Daniel Pach, and Panther Bior, as they strive to make a better life for themselves after being relocated to the United States, where they must learn new cultures, adapt to strange foods, and acclimate to a new life all while struggling to remember and help those they left behind.

Following the screening, EAC student and one of the “lost boys”, Okongo Majok, will speak to the audience about his experiences. “We are fortunate to hear first hand from Okongo, who will share his own story of how he came from Sudan and arrived in Tucson in May 2006 and is now in his second semester at EAC,” said Tonka Curtis, International Club advisor and Languages faculty member.

There is no admission charge for the screening. The film is rated PG for thematic elements and disturbing images. For more information, contact Curtis at (928) 428-8901.

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