After raising themselves in the desert along with thousands of other "lost boys," Sudanese refugees John, Daniel and Panther have found their way to America, where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time. Capturing their wonder at things Westerners take for granted, this documentary, an award winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, paints an intimate portrait of strangers in a strange land.
Please do yourself a favor and watch this documentary. It's streaming now on netflix!
_________________ “Patience is not a virtue unless you take advantage of it by exercising it well,” Alderson said. “Patience is only part of a strategy.”
I remember when I was younger, my teacher had us do this project: pretend an alien just landed in a spaceship, came into your house and asked you how to teach him how to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.
The point of the exercise was to get as detailed as possible, to assume that the alien knew nothing. You not only needed to teach the alien how to make the sandwich, but what a sandwich IS. What bread is, what a knife is, what jelly is, etc, etc.
This documentary is like 89 minutes of that. On both ends. It's fascinating to watch them learn our culture, and shocking to find out how little I knew about theirs. Terrific job done here.
Just like people who don't understand why Blood on the Tracks is awesome or who don't like sam cooke's voice -- i'll never get people who don't love Pedro Martinez.
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