They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims travelled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 Lost Boys, as well as girls, to the West. The Good Lie (in cinemas 24th April) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life.
Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in southern Sudan. When an attack by the northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them. As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to a refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, forging a bond with Jeremiah, who, at 13, is already a man of faith, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival.
Thirteen years later, the children – now young adults – are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas City, Missouri, they are met by Carrie Davis (Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon), an employment agency counsellor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs – no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.
Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys and their unlikely friend find humour in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of their new lives.
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