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Sudanese Lost Boys to Speak at Film Presentation

Published: June 28, 2004

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 Festival.


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