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The Sudanese who's story is the basis of the film The Good Lie

The Good Lie

February 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Starring: Arnold Oceng, Corey Stoll, Emmanuel Jal, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel,Reese Witherspoon

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. 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 (Reese Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like straws, 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 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). [Warner Bros.] 

Following the Screening
BOL RIINY, a member of the Sudanese refugee community will participate in a Q&A session.

The Good Lie is the February 2017 choice of the One Winchester, Many Traditions International Film Series.

One Winchester, Many Traditions is a project of the Winchester Public Library in collaboration with the Winchester Multicultural Network, funded by the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation.


February 6, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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