The Good Lie

The Lost Boys of Sudan was given to the groups of over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005). Nearly 2.5 million were killed and millions more were displaced. The Good Lie  based on these unfortunate turn of events in the early 80's, gives us a "fly on the wall " account of four Sudanese children relocated to American from the point of view of their employment agency counselor - Carrie. (Reese Witherspoon)

Things we take for granted like fast food, phones ringing and driving present real challenges and magical consequences for this group of Sudanese refugees.  Not to mention the fact that being separated from their only sister. losing several siblings to disease, watching their parents murdered and having another sibling captured by militia leaves them all with a sense of being lost while trying to assimilate to a way of living as foreign to them as they are to America.

It was interesting to me that Reese Witherspoon is being touted as the star of the film just as Brad Pitt was pushed as the star of 12 Years A Slave in order to put butts in the seats.  Regardless, I am just glad the story is being told and brought to the forefront.  We take a lot for granted here in America and need to open our eyes and hearts to other parts of the world who are less fortunate.  Now more than ever, the lessons and words of the 60's Civil Rights Movement should be resoundingly heard...not as a whisper barely heard or spoken.

Kudos to Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Casting Director Mindy Marin for using actors who are real Sudan survivors.

The Good Lie opened in theaters on October 3rd to $841K and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Run...don't walk.

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!