A downright dreamlike American Dream

Immigration is one of those issues politicians reduce to talking points — which makes it easy for the rest of us to forget what’s at stake. The documentary God Grew Tired of Us is a reminder of the struggle foreigners face while trying to forge new lives in the United States.

Directed by Christopher Quinn, the movie revisits the subject of the 2003 memoir The Lost Boys of Sudan, focusing on three young Sudanese men — among 25,000 “lost boys” who fled their homeland during the horrific civil war there — migrating to various African countries and refugee camps before finally arriving in the U.S. Adjusting isn’t easy (indoor plumbing, escalators, and Santa Claus all confound); the film respectfully chronicles their challenges and triumphs in the new world. Narrated unobtrusively by Nicole Kidman, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last year and was an audience favorite. It’s easy to see why.

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