Reese Witherspoon, producer Ron Howard, and members of the cast of The Good Lie talk about bringing this inspirational story to the screen in this behind-the-scenes video from Warner Bros Pictures. Coming to theaters on October 3, 2014, The Good Lie was directed by Philippe Falardeau from a script by Margaret Nagle (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire).
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. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them. 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 City, Missouri, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs — no easy task, when things like 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 21st 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).
Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys and these unlikely strangers find humor in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of life in America.
-By Rebecca Murray
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