Lost Boys of Sudan

Two young refugees of Sudan’s civil war live their first year in America.

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POV, Global Voices
Premiere Date
September 28, 2004
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2004 Independent Spirit Awards-DIRECTV/IFC Truer Than Fiction Award
  • Director

    Jon Shenk

    Jon Shenk is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and a founder of Actual Films in San Francisco. He co-directed Afghanistan: Hell of a Nation for PBS’s Wide Angle series, and is currently producing New Heroes, a series for PBS about social entrepreneurs. He produced, directed, and photographed The Beginning, a cinema-verité Show more documentary about the making of Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, which was released on the Phantom Menace DVD. He has produced and photographed documentaries for MTV’s True Life series about high school football in Texas and about the culture surrounding the drug MDMA (Ecstasy). He also has produced documentaries for the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s series Teaching in the Digital Age. Actual Films is currently producing The Rape of Europa, a three-part series for PBS about the fate of fine art during Third Reich and World War II. Jon also works as a freelance documentary cinematographer for PBS, National Geographic, A&E, Bravo, CBS, NBC, and the BBC. He also worked as assistant editor on Cadillac Desert, a PBS series by Jon Else about the history of the struggle for water in the American West. He earned his master's in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University in 1995. Show less

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    Megan Mylan

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    The Film

    The genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan is the most recent violent episode in a country where a 20-year civil war has killed an estimated two million people and displaced more than four million. The Dinka tribe has been hardest hit.Lost Boys of Sudan follows two young Dinka refugees, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. As small boys, Peter and Santino lost their families to the war and were forced to flee their homes. Along with 20,000 other boys, they wandered hundreds of miles across the desert seeking safety. After a decade in a Kenyan refugee camp, nearly 4,000 “Lost Boys” have come to the U.S. as part of a refugee resettlement effort. Peter and Santino set out to make new lives for themselves in Houston and in Kansas City. Their struggle asks us to rethink what it means to be an American.

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