"God Grew Tired of Us: The Lost Boys of Sudan"
Film and Reception
The award-winning documentary "God Grew Tired of Us: The Lost Boys of Sudan," starts its week-long run at the Bijou on March 2, as part of the AEC Spring Independent Film Series.
The Arts & Education Council (AEC) and Bridge Refugee & Sponsorship Services are providing a unique opportunity to meet three students from Sewanee University who were part of the 30,000 Sudanese "Lost Boys" who resettled some 3 or 4 years ago across the U.S. The public is invited to attend a reception with the students immediately following the first matinee showing of the film on Sunday, March 4th at Bluewater Grille (next door to Big River Grill, across from the Bijou Theatre).
Abraham Akoi, Emmanuel Solomon, and Peter Manyang began their journey in 1987 when civil war erupted in Sudan. After rebel forces attacked their villages, they were left alone at ages five and seven. Banding together with boys from other villages, they began a trek of approximately 1,000 miles through sub-Saharan heat and wilderness until they reached Ethiopia.
After spending four years in refugee camps in Ethiopia, the "Lost Boys" had to flee again because of political instability. They spent a total of eight years on the run between Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, where they finally settled in a refugee camp for six years and then qualified to attend a boarding school outside of the camp.
In 2001 the U.S. government offered asylum to nearly 4,000 of these boys; and Akoi, Solomon, and Manyang settled in Atlanta with 300 other Sudanese refugees. SAS parent Lisa Howick, then regional Assistant director for Admissions for the University of the South, met the boys in 2002 through St. James' Episcopal Church in Marietta, Ga. With Howick's help, Solomon came to Sewanee in 2003, and Akoi and Manyang followed in 2004.
Check local listings on Friday for the film showtimes. The reception will start at approximately 3 PM, and is free and open to the public. Regular movie ticket prices apply to see the film.
Click here to learn more about the film.
Where & When
224 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
March 4, 2022
This event is part of the AEC Independent Film Series in partnership with Bridge Refugee & Sponsorship Services. Special thanks to Bluewater Grille for kindly hosting the reception, and to Abraham, Peter, and Emmanuel for attending as our special guests.
Contact the AEC for more information.
Arts & Education Council
3069 South Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408