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4.05.2009

"God Grew Tired Of Us"

I'm weird about the way I add movies to my Netflix Queue. I'll see a brief review about a movie, oftentimes an obscure one, that really gets my attention but which I fear I'll never hear about again. So I immediately save it in Netflix even if it won't be available for months. And then, one day, it arrives. By then, I had completely forgotten about it. So arrived God Grew Tired Of Us. Frankly, I have no idea where I first heard about it. But I popped it in the DVD player yesterday. I'm glad I did. It's a documentary that follows three boys from Sudan who first fled to Ethopia due to a civil war and then, years later, were forced to make a 1,000 mile journey to a Kenyan refugee camp. Then, in 2001, many of the boys (who are now men) were given the chance to live in the United States with the help of Catholic Charities International. When one of them asks about America, "Will I go to a river to get drinking water?", you know this is going to get culturally shockingly good. The documentary's main intention is to call attention to the horrors of Sudan, but it gets you there by following the three men in America. You can't help but almost cry as someone explains a bag of chips to them, as they all gather around a lamp to learn how you turn it off and on, or as the cameras follow them wild eyed into a grocery store and through the produce section. We moan about so much in our lives. This movie is like a well deserved slap in the face. And the title? It comes from a moment when one of the men, while in America, reflects about his suffering as he and his family and friends spent years fleeing from violence. "It was so bad," he says. "I thought God grew tired of us." (Youtube trailer.)

25 comments:

epic said...

You should also see The Gods Must be Crazy.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I think we all need to see movies like this and Slumdog Millionaire to remember even the poorest in our country don't run and play on mountains of rubbish

wordkyle said...

A jarring dose of reality for when the media bemoans how "bad" the poor in America have it.

Anonymous said...

I probably would have liked to watch it but now that you pretty much told the whole story I'll save 5 bucks renting it and do something else. Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Amen, Barry. I gripe and moan because I HAVE to work 2 jobs just to pay my bills. But Thank God, I'm working!

Anonymous said...

GOOD THING GOD CHOSE US OVER THEM!

chupacabra said...

To be really moved watch The Breakfast Club or The Goonies. I cry every time.

It's just so true and could happen to anybody- ya know?

Anonymous said...

I bet if you showed an Aborigine a "picture" of Adam and then told the Aborigine that the pretty white boy in the picture was the first human and "we" are all descendant from Adam, you'd get a funny look. And then when the Aborigine begged to differ, on the grounds that he looks nothing like pretty white Adam, the Aborigine would be deemed needing some education on the matter.

Anonymous said...

I watched this movie. Excellent.
It is difficult to imagine the struggles they endure.

Another "must see" is "Sick Around America" shown on PBS last week. It shows some of the great problems facing Health Care Reform and some possible solutions. If you missed it, you can watch it on line Here . Well worth it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that Africa is a great, great place to be. I feel so bad that many whose ancestry from half a thousand years ago dates back to Africa are stuck here in the US.
We are depriving them of their heritage.

Anonymous said...

How many thousands of years does it take for a people in a spot of the world to figure out how to have food enough for everyone?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Barry...I put it on my Netflix list...I love movie reviews from you and Anorbiter....sounds good...Thanks for the heads up on this movie.

Anonymous said...

Wait until they get their first dose of racism, American-style. Hell, just read the comments here and I'm sure all the good things they think about this country will melt away.

Anonymous said...

2:39 GOD did not choose us over them, GOD does not only bless America, GOD loves everyone equally. If you were an honest GOD fearing person you would be aware of that, but of course you have probably never set foot outside of wise county and have not realized that most of the world has evolved. Oh, by the way, we have a president who is half black.

Anonymous said...

8:34. well said hypocrite!

Anonymous said...

Now I feel guilty for bemoaning my fate of late.

Anonymous said...

"God grew tired of us" What a great new title of this blog!

Anonymous said...

it's hard to imagine an entire race of people who have no concept of the modern age..people who have still not utilized the wheel for god's sake. what is electricity..???

Anonymous said...

831 that speaks volumes

Anonymous said...

I use my Netflix queue the same way you do (stick stuff at the end because it sounds interesting, but then you forget about it a few years later when it finally comes up to the top). And if you do it and I do it, lots of people must do it. And so it ain't weird after all.

Jarhead said...

I didn't really read the post or any of the comments other than gathering that thses guys were in shock over how civilization had developed while they weren't looking. For whatever reason this quote from Sam Kinison popped into my little brain:

"You want to do something about world hunger? Stop sending them food. Don't send them any more food. You want to help these people? Send them U-Hauls, send them boxes, some luggage, send them a guy that says, 'Hey, you know, we just drove 750 miles across the desert with your food, and it occurred to us that there wouldn't be world hunger if you lived where the food is! You live in a desert! Do you understand that? You live in a desert! Nothing grows there! Nothing's ever gonna grow there!" ~ Sam Kinison From Beyond The Grave

Anonymous said...

jugg..you are such a f'n idiot..carry on..!!

Jarhead said...

11:20:

"I know you are, but what am I? Infinity." ~ Fake PeeWee Herman

No, YOU carry on!

That is all.

Anonymous said...

I loved Sam Kinison! A very appropriate quote, Jarhead.

Anonymous said...

11:02
I didn't really read the post or any of the comments other than that the views of Sam Kinison is the standard by which you determine your world view.....carry on.