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Lost Boys of Sudan

Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk's moving documentary (2003) follows two young African refugees, Santino Chuor and Peter Dut, as they try to build new lives in the U.S. Born to the pastoral Dinka tribe, they've spent a decade in Kenyan and Ethiopian UN camps as victims of the Sudanese civil war between Islamic fundamentalist government forces and Christian and animist separatists. A massive rescue effort relocates the two men to Houston, where agencies and church groups help them find jobs and low-rent housing. But American individualism and consumerism gradually begin to fray the communal ties between these plain-living tribesmen, and eventually Dut moves to Kansas to pursue an education, leaving Chuor even more isolated. In English and subtitled Dinka. 87 min.

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