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Two 2009 video documentaries about the so-called Lost Boys of Sudan. In Rebuilding Hope (79 min.) three young men—who escaped the second outbreak of the Sudanese civil war 20 years earlier and grew up with adoptive families in Tucson, Chicago, and Syracuse—return to their native land to find surviving relatives and do charitable work. Director Jen Marlowe lets each man tell his own inspiring story and follows them as they tend to the educational and health needs of decimated communities still suffering from war's aftermath. In Malachi Leopold's 22 Years from Home (37 min.), Chicagoan Kuek Aleu Garang goes back to Africa for a family reunion; he's nearly overcome with emotion as he remembers his harrowing childhood marches through Ethiopia and Kenya, but the video's impact is compromised by the often unintelligible dialogue.

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