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Reese Witherspoon says latest film inspires with Christian hope

By HILLARY MAST

Hollywood, Calif., Oct 3, 2014 / 04:09 am (CNA) - Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in a new film about the Lost Boys of Sudan, which she says features strong Christian messages of faith in God and perseverance in the face of hardship.  

“It is true in lots and lots of Hollywood scripts in my career, it is rare that you get the opportunity to make a film about something that has a great Christian message,” Witherspoon told CNA in a recent phone conference.

“Do these people in Hollywood not think that there’s an incredible majority percentage of America (that) is Christian communities?” she added with a laugh.

Based on true stories of Sudanese refugees, “The Good Lie” opens nationwide Oct. 3 and follows a group of Lost Boys – tens of thousands of mainly Christian children who were orphaned by the Sudanese civil war of 1983 to 2005 and were sometimes forced to be child soldiers – on their journey from their war-torn homes to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.


After living in the camp for over a decade, three of the boys, now young men, win a lottery to immigrate to America, where they are met by emotionally isolated social worker, Carrie – played by Witherspoon – who is charged with helping them assimilate and find jobs in Kansas City, Mo.

The refugees, Mamere, Jerimiah and Paul, are played by Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal.

Witherspoon said that working with these actors, some of whom were also refugees, was an inspiring experience.

“You’d think that anyone who’d had that profoundly upsetting childhood experience would be devastated to the point of not being able to function,” she said. “But these men have been, they’re incredibly spiritual, they’re incredibly positive. They just glow with gratitude for the opportunities that have been presented to them.”

Slowly, Witherspoon’s character opens herself up to the struggles of these young men and allows herself to form a relationship with them. In doing so, finds community for both herself and the refugees.

“She’s not just this perfect, saintly character; she’s actually an imperfect, very flawed human being looking for human interaction as well,” she said.

The actress said the emotional numbness in her character is something that many people in today’s culture could identify with.

“I think in my own life, and with my children, service in our communities is the antidote to the kind of complete self-absorbing society that we live in,” Witherspoon said.

Although the film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and brief, strong language, Witherspoon said it is appropriate for many kids, and that she plans on taking her own children – ages 10 and 15 – to see it.

“One of the most important things I want people to know is that they can take their kids to see this movie,” she said.

Today, some 700,000 people are still displaced due to the Sudanese Civil War and 50,000 children are expected to die of starvation this year alone due to manmade famines.

After she finished filming, Witherspoon and her then 13-year-old daughter visited the Kakuma refugee camp to learn more about the conditions and get to know some of the roughly 250,000 people who still live there.

“I just didn’t want to do my part of the movie in Atlanta and just be an armchair activist,” she said. “I wanted to see what we were making a film about.”

What stood out to her was seeing children sleeping on concrete slabs and only going to school until about age 10 or 11.

“There’s no reason for them to continue schooling because there’s no job opportunities past a certain age,” the actress said. “And these are all people who are intelligent and leaders in their own communities, and they’re just displaced.”

In addition to releasing a film to raise awareness about the ongoing plight of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the filmmakers have also set up a program, The Good Lie Fund, to support education for those still living in refugee camps.


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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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