Everyone loves a feel-good movie around the holidays and as much fun as it is to see new releases in theaters, sometimes it’s just as fun to stay in and watch them in the comfort of your own home. I’m looking forward to seeing The Good Lie, a screenplay inspired by the true story of a group of real-life Sudanese refugees who were orphaned because of the country’s civil war and came to America. Despite the hardships that come when cultures clash and families are torn apart because of civil wars, the movie’s preview has feel good elements that make you a believer in good people and miracles.
About The Good Lie
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”
Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.
Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them. As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, forging a bond with Jeremiah, who, at 13, is already a man of faith, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival.
Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.
Although Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 21st 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).
Win a Blu-ray Combo Pack of The Good Lie
Just leave a comment about why you want to see The Good Lie and I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday, December 23!