Early last April, Malachi Leopold of Left Brain/Right Brain Productions departed for the Sudan to shoot a short documentary about the reunion of Kuek Garang, one of 27,000 “lost” Sudanese boys, and his parents.
Now, one year later, Leopold’s “22 Years From Home” has its Chicago premiere April 23 at Chicago Filmmakers and another screening April 27 at the Music Box.
Garang fled the second Sudanese Civil War at age 6 for refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, settling in Chicago as a young man.
Garang is president of the Chicago Association of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
“The primary purpose of the film is to both raise awareness of the ongoing situation in Sudan and the Sister Schools initiative created to raise money for the education of more than 700 children in a Sudanese village,” says Leopold.