Friday’s movie and speaker

Megan Mylan, a San Francisco based documentary filmmaker, has Masters degrees in Journalism and Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.  Prior to her work on the Lost Boys from the Sudan civil crisis, she worked with an Afro-Brazilian youth percussion group from Rio de Janeiro that fights drug violence and racism through music.  Her work has won numerous awards but she received great acclaim for telling this important story.  As she said in an interview about why she chose the project: “The story appealed to us for a number of reasons. It was a way to tell the story of this underreported civil war in Sudan, an important international story. But we also felt like through the eyes of these young men coming to our country, we’d find a unique way to look at ourselves. This newcomer story is so central to who we are as a country. We hope that viewers will get a real sense of what it means for us to be a land of immigrants. Who are Americans today? What does that mean? We feel like these guys’ stories really reveal that.”


Lost Boys of Sudan is a feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa’s cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.

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