The Documentary Film, Lost Boy Home will be shown at the Dogwood Center on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. during the “Newaygo County 30 Days of Peace”. This film documents the true story of Zachariah Char, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, as he returns to his home in the newly formed country of South Sudan in 2011 for the first time after resettling to America in 2001.
Zachariah Char, a Sudanese “Lost Boy” was featured in the New York Times in 2007 after his ordination to the priesthood and now serves as the Sudanese priest at Grace Sudanese Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and as a social worker for Bethany Christian Services. In 2011 he returned to South Sudan and his home village of Duk Padiet for the first time, to search for his mother, father and siblings, 24 years after fleeing his country during the long civil war in Sudan at the age of 5 and becoming a ‘Lost Boy”. Zachariah traveled through dangerous and life-threatening situations with thousands of other “Lost Boys” to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya.
The recent award-winning documentary, Lost Boy Home, was produced and directed by Mark Barger Elliot, author and pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Lost Boy Home premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, The Africa World Documentary Film Festival and was selected as a Best Shorts Award Winner. Involved in this project were award-winning California cinematographer Tom Hurwitz (Queen of Versailles), Grammy-award winning composer Marcus Hummon, and Executive Producer Liesel Litzenburger Meijer.
Sponsored by the Newaygo Area Ministerial Association and the Newaygo County People for Peace.
After the showing of the film, a free will offering will also be taken to support the Jok Char Development Foundation. While Zachariah was visiting his home village of Duk Padient in South Sudan, he realized the great medical needs of his childhood village and upon his return home to Grand Rapids, Michigan, he formed a health development Foundation to help build a medical clinic in Duk Padient honoring his parents and named in memory of his father, Jok Char, called The Jok Char Development Foundation. Zachariah and the Board of JCDF are hoping to fund this Foundation through community, individual and church support, donations and fundraisers.
Zachariah Char will also be present at the film to answer questions and meet with the community.
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Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.
Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.