World Bank Africa Film Series Screening of "The Good Lie"
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Based on real-life events, the “The Good Lie” is the feature adaptation of the story of the “Lost Boys” or “Lost Girls,” of Sudan. The film stars Academy Award winner, Reese Witherspooon, alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Emmanuel Jal, Ger Duany and Kuoth Wiel who portray a tight-knit group of Sudanese orphans.
After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Theo, his siblings, and other orphaned children make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya, with little more than the clothing on their backs. Thirteen years later, the group gets the chance to settle in the U.S.
They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), a brash Midwestern employment agent with no real understanding of life outside her city. Carrie is drawn to help the group rebuild their lives, and together they rediscover joy and learn the real meaning of life.
A question and answer session with Hollywood movie star and former child soldier, Ger Duany, and other special guests will follow the screening.
You can watch the trailer here.
The film series is a special project of the World Bank’s Africa Region which aims to present and discuss new development perspectives in film and video from Sub-Saharan Africa. For this screening we are collaborating with:
-The World Bank Group-IMF Young African Society (YAS) a vibrant network and association of young professionals that engage with young Africans on the continent and around the world to support The World Bank's goal of ending extreme poverty in Africa by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.
-Humanity Helping Sudan Project (HHSP), a non-profit organization that works to “help refugees help themselves” by providing agricultural programs, sustainable materials and resources to help over 40,000 displaced people in refugee camps along the Eastern border of South Sudan and Ethiopia. HHSP's current campaign, known as the "Feed50K Campaign", aims to raise at least $50,000—one dollar per fishing net—to promote sustainability and growth within refugee camps instead of simply solving immediate hunger.
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