Thinking Aloud: “The Good Lie”

Not What You Might Think

Apr. 12, 2015 by Darius

I recently saw the film The Good Lie.  It’s a Hollywoodized version of the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

The film follows a group of Sudanese children, Theo, Mamere, Jeremiah, Abital, and Paul, as they are forced to flee from their home villages in Bahr el-Ghazal, now northwestern South Sudan, and walk hundreds of miles to Ethiopia then, ultimately, Kenya.  Later, the group is chosen for resettlement in the US as part of the Lost Boys program.  They must adapt to an entirely new way of life and the unique challenges of building new lives while maintaining their identities.

Probably due to its Hollywood origin, The Good Lie tones down, glosses over, or eliminates entirely many of the harshest parts of the story of the Lost Boys, both in Africa and America.  As a result, The Good Lie loses some credibility.

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