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Rebuilding Hope

DVD Release: 2009

  • Grades: 9-12
  • College/University
  • Adult
  • Sudan
  • Civil War
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Water Issue
  • Developing World
  • Sustainable Development

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rebuilding hope

Sudan's "Lost Boys" return home...

  • Length: 78 min
  • Written and Directed by Jen Marlowe
  • Produced by Amy Brown
  • Associate Producer: Lehni Lamide Davies, Sierra Fletcher, Mariek Van Woerkom
  • Co-Producer: Jen Marlowe
  • Original Music by: Emmanuel Jal, Dave Randall
  • Cinematographer: Jen Marlowe
  • Editor: Celia Beasley
  • Sound Editor: Rob Quattrociocchi
  • Starring: Gabriel Bol, Koor Garang, Garang Mayuol

As small children, Gabriel Bol Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol fled their villages in South Sudan due to civil war. They became a part of a group of thousands of other boys with a similar story, nicknamed “The Lost Boys” upon resettlement in the USA in 2001.

In May 2007, Gabriel Bol, Koor, and Garang, now in their twenties, embarked on a journey back to Sudan to discover whether their homes and families had survived, what the current situation is in South Sudan, and how they can help their community rebuild after devastating civil war.

Rebuilding Hope Sudan's Along the way, the young men assessed the hopes, dreams and fears of the Southern Sudanese people nearly three years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. They explored the connections between the conflict in South Sudan to the conflict in Darfur, probing the larger questions of identity and ethnicity in Sudan.

Rebuilding Hope is a powerful record of Gabriel Bol, Koor and Garang’s quest to find surviving family-members and rediscover and contribute to their homeland; it also sheds light on what the future holds for South Sudan in its precarious struggle for peace, development and stability.

All proceeds from the film will go to support the health care and education projects initiated by the three young men the film features.

  • DVD ISBN: 1-59587-121-7
  • CLS Catalog: CLS1086
""A riveting and moving portrait!"
Leslie Leikow, Human Rights Watch
"A DEEPLY MOVING study in loss and suffering, in courage, in wisdom about the meaning of life as Humans that seems as old as the continent of Africa."
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winner
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dvd extras

2009 Follow-Up It Takes a Village to Make a Movie Featurette In-Depth Video Segments Slideshow

awards, festivals, and screenings
  • Official Selection - Paris International Human Rights Film Festival - Paris, France (2010)
  • Honorable Mention - Fargo Film Festival - Fargo, ND (2010)
  • Official Selection - 7islands International Film Festival - Mumbai, India (2010)
  • Arts in One World Conference – Providence, RI (2010)
  • Official Selection - International Film Festival South Africa - Dargle, South Africa (2009)
  • Official Selection - Zimbabwe International Film Festival - Harare, Zimbabwe (2009)