The Good Lie

Youth Specialties
September 28th, 2014

We are excited to share about the film The Good Liestarring Reese Witherspoon as an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find work and housing for 3 of “The Lost Boys”—orphans of the brutal Civil War in Sudan that began in 1983. This proves to be no easy task, when things like straws, light switches and telephones are brand new to these incredible boys. Although Carrie Davis (Witherspoon's character) has successfully kept herself from any previous emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 20th century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that. So Carrie embarks on her own unchartered territory, enlisting the help of her boss, Jack (Corey Stoll). Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys and these unlikely strangers find humor in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of life in America.

This movie is an incredible opportunity to start conversations with your students about tragedy, loss, cultural differences, struggles pertaining to identity, and so much more. 

John Prendergast, founder of The Enough Project, shares his heart with our youth workers at NYWC and why this movie is so important:

(The password to watch the video above is TGL.)

This film is sure to leave a mark. Along with Witherspoon, the film stars Corey Stoll (TV's “House of Cards”); real-life Sudanese refugees Arnold Oceng (BBC's “Grange Hill”) and newcomer Nyakuoth Wiel; Ger Duany (“I Heart Huckabees”) and rapper Emmanuel Jal, who were both former child soldiers and lost boys; and Femi Oguns (BBC's “The Casualty”). Rounding out the cast are Sarah Baker as volunteer Pamela Lowi; Mike Pniewski as Mamere's boss; and children of real-life Sudanese refugees Peterdeng Mongok, Okwar Jale, Thon Kueth, Beng Ajuet and Kejo Jale as the younger lost boys.

Watch the official trailer below:

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