Lost Boys of Sudan
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Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk's award-winning documentary Lost Boys of Sudan examines what happens when a pair of Sudanese boys, orphaned due to a civil war in their home country, are allowed to live for a year in the United States. Santito and Peter must contend with extreme examples of culture shock, while also figuring out how to negotiate a world that is physically safe but emotionally and intellectually foreign to them. Unlike many documentaries, the film does not employ a voice-over narration. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shot on video, and with the look of a PBS entry, it nevertheless manages to function on several levels -- all of them complex and sophisticated."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"It might help you understand an unfamiliar face walking toward you on the street, and that's a great accomplishment for any film."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The documentary trades in hope and humor, rather than despair."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"In spite of their streets-paved-with-gold expectations, there is no Heaven on Earth"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"[Takes] a fly-on-the-wall approach to capture the small triumphs and personal setbacks these young men face in their new lives."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Culture shock is hopelessly inadequate to describe the experience of the young subjects of the riveting documentary Lost Boys of Sudan."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"A documentary about two refugees who come to the United States, it offers a detailed look at the hurdles they face but makes no attempt to analyze, explain or advocate changes that would help them."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A riveting movie."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The film also doesn't get across the magnitude of the horror unfolding in the Sudan."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"The people who made Lost Boys of Sudan have a compelling story to tell, but they haven't quite put their fingers on it."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Offers an opportunity to see a good movie and learn something about an issue that has received far too little attention in the U.S. press."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Lacking that exotic 'foreign' focus and by failing to address the hardships of their early lives, we're left with a routine film about teenagers making mistakes or growing up too fast."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The scenes of Peter and Santino's adjustment to life in Houston -- a garbage disposal does what? -- are at once quotidian, poignant and absurd."
‑ Karen Karbo, Oregonian
"This is a very moving filmed document."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Never less than a quietly heart-rending experience."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
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