THE GOOD LIE: Reese Witherspoon and Ger Duany in a scene from the film that will be screened tomorrow.
THE GOOD LIE: Reese Witherspoon and Ger Duany in a scene from the film that will be screened tomorrow.

Story of survival and compassion

A FILM to be screened at Jetty Theatre as part of Refugee Week (June 14-20) stems from the experience of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

The Lost Boys of Sudan refers to the 20,000 children, mostly boys between the age of seven and 17, who were forced to travel across South Sudan seeking refuge from militia during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

Battling disease, hunger, attacks from wild animals and militia, many died along the way, while the fortunate ones made it to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Uganda.

You may be familiar with their story as Yai Atem, who lives in Coffs Harbour, was one of these children and wrote a book his journey entitled Under a Sudanese Star.

Back to the film - A Good Lie, presented by Jetty Theatre and Screenwave, is an inspiring story of survival, triumph and compassion.

It's described: "Reese Witherspoon stars as a feisty American woman who helps a group of newly arrived Sudanese refugees settle into their new life in the US. Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, Mamere, his sister Abital, and friends Jeremiah and Paul are brought to America in the humanitarian effort that would see 3600 lost boys and girls resettled in the USA.

"Carrie played by Witherspoon is contracted to secure them jobs. But deeply affected by their hopes, dreams and extraordinary resilience, she soon finds herself swept up in their struggle for a better life."

The Good Lie will screen at 10.30am and 1.30pm today. For bookings see jettytheatre.com.



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