God Grew Tired of Us is an award winning documentary that chronicles the struggles of three young Sudanese men. It documents their journey to America as well as their acclimation to the culture. In my opinion, God Grew Tired of Us opens your eyes to the crisis in Sudan on an almost painful level. It was an amazing film about the pain and suffering of those young boys, who were forced to become men so quickly.
The film employs an excellent use of pathos in showing images of boys trekking across the desert while the boys are describing their journeys. The images held my attention in a way that almost possessed me. I couldn’t look away from the emaciated boy who has lost the use of one of his legs, and has to hobble through the dessert with a cane. It was impossible to ignore the little boy who looked to be around eight years old, caring for two small children. These scenes demonstrate their plight in a way that gives their stories a ring of truth, and it made me feel as though I should have known about their situations.
Another way that pathos was utilized well would be when the boys are telling their own stories. It makes the message so much stronger because it makes you feel emotionally tied to them. Having an understanding of where each of them came from, and where they want to be connects you. I watched the film entranced because I wanted them to succeed.
The ethos of this film was shown through the men featured. The men were so hard working and resilient it was hard to see them not given more opportunities. I felt like those men could have achieved anything with their work ethic. They were focused and passionate about bettering their lives as well as the lives of others.
Another way that the boys support the ethos of the move was their desire to retain their culture. John Bul is very fervent about keeping his Dinka culture. He wants to succeed in America and not forget who he is, or where he came from....