The Tampa Bay Film Society will present the feature-length documentary “Lost
Boys of Sudan” on Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Cinema in Old Hyde
Park. The Sunrise was previously the Madstone Theater. Following the screening,
the “Lost Boys” from Sudan, who live in the Tampa Bay area, will speak to the
audience about their experiences.
“Lost Boys of Sudan” is the first public screening presented by the Tampa Bay
Film Society. The film society is "a new arts project set in motion by a desire
to bring more international cinema to the Tampa Bay area and to support the
development of film production," said Dr. Rob Tregenza, president of the
recently established group.
The award-winning independent film follows two Sudanese refugees as they
journey from Africa to Houston, Tex., in search of a better future for
themselves and those left behind in their war-torn culture.
The "Lost Boys" are orphans whose parents were murdered during recent
military actions in the Sudan. Once in America, these young men are challenged
to adjust to a different culture with unfamiliar customs and technology.
Upcoming TBFS projects include a Children's Film Festival and Celebration in
October and a Women's Film Festival at The University of Tampa, held in
conjunction with the United Nations Association.
Roberto Bruni, vice president of TBFS said, "We know that a film like
Lost Boys of Sudan can really help focus attention on an international
problem that also impacts us here in the Bay area. The international community
of the Tampa Bay area needs to continue to reach out toward each other and the
world. Cinema is an excellent horizon for that interaction.
Other sponsors of this event are the UT Department of Communication, the
Tampa Bay International Network and the Tampa International Film
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