Friday, April 28, 2017

God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

Newmarket Films
Directed by Christopher Quinn
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Sony)

Refugees in Kenya, who walked literally hundreds of miles from Sudan, are relocated to the United States. They  make the best of their life in the refugee camp, supporting each other through deep friendships. After a long flight, they arrive at their new homes in various locations in the US. They experience a few weeks of culture shock, then settle into their routines. Most take on several jobs, sending money back to relatives in Africa. One man reconnects to his family and has his mother flown in for a reunion after 17 years. Years pass, and most of them have adapted to American life while retaining their African culture. A bittersweet, moving story about overcoming the unthinkable with a positive outlook, humble attitude and an unflinching work ethic. I think Americans have a lot to learn from these refugees.

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