Rebuillding Hope by film maker, Jen Marlowe (Darfur Diaries), chronicles the homecoming journey to Sudan of three “Lost Boys” who fled the decades-long Sudanese civil war that ended in 2005, killing approximately two million and displacing four million, placing it among the worst human rights atrocities of our time.


As small children, Gabriel Bol Deng, Koor Garang and
Garang Mayuol fled their villages in South Sudan due to civil war. They became a part of a group of thousands of other boys with a similar story, nicknamed “The Lost Boys” upon
resettlement in the USA in 2001.


In May 2007, Gabriel Bol, Koor, and Garang, now in their twenties, embarked on a journey back to Sudan to discover whether their homes and families had survived, what
the current situation is in South Sudan, and how they can help their community
rebuild after devastating civil war.


Along the way, the young men assessed the hopes, dreams and fears of the Southern Sudanese people nearly three years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. They explored the connections between the conflict in South Sudan to the conflict in Darfur, probing the larger questions of identity and ethnicity in Sudan.


Rebuilding Hope is a powerful record of Gabriel Bol, Koor and Garang’s quest to find surviving family-members and rediscover and contribute to their homeland; it also sheds light on what the future holds for South Sudan in its precarious struggle for
peace, development and stability.


All proceeds from the film will go to support the health care and education projects initiated by the three young men the film features.


For more information on the film email me or visit

Tags: CPA, Darfur, Deng, Documentary, GabrielBol, Garang, Hope, Koor, Lostboys, Marlowe, More…Mayuol, Rebuilding, Samuel, SouthSudan, Sudan, Ubuntu

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My organization is a having a community video production and playback program in South Sudan , specifically in Malakal, Yei, lainya, Morobo, Kajo Keji and Magwi counties. We will be more than happy to screen this to the communities and bring the same inspiration for development to those communities. I can as well share this through the coordination forum we have in place and those agencies interested will contact you.let me know if you are ok with that.

This is fabulous. I need to talk to the film maker about South Sudan screenings and what protocol is for that and she is out of the country until September 14. When are the screenings in Sudan?? Do I have time to discuss with her? Also, yes, please do share the information with the other organizations and have interested parties contact me. Thank you so much for getting the information out. I think it would be great if we could screen in South Sudan to raise hope and awareness and inspire others! I just have to talk to her first. I will try to email her and hope to get a response! Thank you!

I am so so sorry it took me so long to get back to you about this. I have finally gotten the ok from filmmaker and distributor for you to show the film is SOuth sudan at no fees. How can I help get this going? Am I too late. Thanks so much!

did you get my mesage that we have the go ahead to have you screen the movie in SOuth Sudan? I hope you can still do it. Thanks so much


I had the opportunity to see Rebuilding Hope at a screening in DC in May. It was a very powerful film to watch. Gabriel, Koor, and Garang are inspiring young men.

After the screening I interviewed the director, Jen Marlowe.
You can read her thoughtful insights on Sudan, activism, and more here:

Feel free to share this article with others as you are promoting the film!

That's awesome Alicia,
So glad you got to a screening. Thanks for forwarding this information! Jen is doing great work for human rights in many areas.


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