The Invisible Bridge that Connects the Old with the New

atkins-bookshelf-movies“When we were children, our fathers said, ‘Let something of me survive.’ We did not even know what does it mean. But then we saw our family murdered and our villages destroyed… then we understood. We held inside ourselves the memories of our forefathers and their teachings so that we could move forward in the world. Like an invisible bridge their memory connects our old life with our new. They say we were saved by coming to the United States. But we also saved each other. And although our differences may divide us our common humanity unites us. For we are brothers and sisters, all of us. We try to share this wonderful world we call home. They call us the Lost Boys of Sudan. I don’t think we are lost. I think we are found.”

Spoken by Jeremiah, one of the three Lost Boys of Sudan, featured in the powerful, poignant film, The Good Lie. The film is based on the true story of three brothers and their sister who survived the brutal civil war that occurred in Sudan in the early 1980s. These courageous young children watched their parents and entire village slaughtered; survived a long, dangerous trek (almost 1,000 miles) through a war-torn country without a steady source of food, water, and shelter to arrive at a large Kenyan refugee camp (populated by close to 100,000 other refugees). They lived there for over a decade and in 2000 they were fortunate to receive asylum in the United States (a practice that came to an abrupt end after the 9-11 terrorist attacks). The film follows these four as they try to assimilate to American life, while preserving their traditions and beliefs, honoring the memories of their parents, and trying to reconnect with a brother who was left behind. The film ends with an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

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