Survival Story: 'God Grew Tired of Us'

Kidman is another A-lister who jumped in to help. Keener was shooting "The Interpreter" with Kidman when she learned that Quinn was looking for someone to narrate the film.

"[Keener] called me up and left a message on my cell phone and says, 'Hey, do me a favor, see this film, and would you help us out?'" says Kidman. "And I watched it and it deeply affected me … and I says 'Yeah, of course, I would love to be involved, it would be my honor.'"

Quinn traveled to Baltimore, where Kidman was working, and they tracked the film in one afternoon.

Critical Acclaim

"God Grew Tired of Us" went on to debut at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

While Christopher Quinn was suddenly receiving critical acclaim for his film, Dau, who also attended Sundance, was experiencing his own taste of life in the spotlight.

Dau met a "nice man" who shook his hand and spoke to him after the screening. "He says his name was Brad Pitt," recalls Dau. "I had not heard of him, so I asked him what he did. He says he worked as the executive producer of Christopher's documentary. Sometime later, someone told me Brad also acted in movies."

What seems to move people about this film is not only the story of the "lost boys" but also what the boys' experiences reveal about America. Many of them were surprised to learn that you can't just go to a neighbor's house at any time to say hello.

Pach pointed out that some Americans take a lot for granted. "They don't see that they have everything," he says. "What do you want? What is not available in America? You need a car, you have it. You need an airplane, you have it."

Where Are They Now?

Today, Bior and Pach continue to live and work in Pittsburgh, and have earned college degrees. Dau is working on his master's degree and lives in Syracuse with his wife and newborn baby. He and his wife were sworn in as U.S. citizens last month, and Dau also works tirelessly, traveling around the country to promote awareness of the plight of the Sudanese people. He is also raising money to build a medical clinic in Duk County, where he was born.

If you would like to learn more about the "lost boys" or find out how you can help, visit:

National Geographic

American Care for Sudan Foundation

"God Grew Tired of Us"

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...