The Good Lie

We watched the movie “The Good Lie” in class today, it is a movie about siblings who escape from the second sudanese civil war. After their families and village are massacred they start walking through the country to find safety. Mamere (Arnold Oceng), Paul (Emmanuel Jal), Jeremiah (Ger Duany), Theo (Femi Oguns), Daniel and Abital (Kuoth Wiel)walk together and are joined by other refugees along the way. One night they sleep in the grassland, but the next morning Mamere gets up and sees two enemy soldiers. He quickly lays down on the grass again, the soldiers still saw him. Theo hides everyone and says to the soldiers that he’s alone. They take him to custody and the rest of the siblings gets away. They arrive at the refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya after all. Daniel gets sick and dies at the camp a little after they arrive.


Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal and Kuoth Wiel are all survivors from the Sudan civil war. The war ended in 2005, and the movie came out in 2014. Get Duany came to the United States when he was sixteen after he fled to Ethiopia. He was recruited as a child solider during the war. Emmanuel Jal is also a former child solider, but has a different story. He met a woman named Emma McCune who convinced him he shouldn’t be a child soldier. Emmanuel was eleven years old at the time and Emma McCune adopted him. She helped him attend school and after she was killed in a car accident her friends helped him continue school. Kuoth Wiel came to America with her family when she was eight years old. Now she lives in Los Angeles and is an actress.


To start a new life in a country with a new culture isn’t easy. In the movie you get to see that there isn’t always easy even though they’re lucky to be offered a new start. It’s a new language, different laws and norms to adjust. You get to see how generous and thankful these refugees are compared to many, in this case, Americans from the movie. They share their food and give big thanks to everyone that help them. There is so much they need to learn, but they don’t have a lot of time.



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