Word came in past CP's deadline that Point Park University tonight honors one of its more notable recent graduates: Panther Bior, the Sudanese refugee who was among the main subjects of the 2006 documentary God Grew Tired of Us.
The film profiles Bior and two other youths who were orphaned by civil war and survived a barefoot journey across the sub-Saharan desert to a UN refugee camp in Kenya. There were 25,000 Lost Boys, about 3,800 of whom ultimately settled in the U.S.
Bior's the one who got his undergraduate degree in accounting from Point Park and is poised to receive his master's in organization leadership there next month. According to a university release, "His dream is to open a school for more than 2,000 school-aged children in his hometown in Southern Sudan."
God Grew Tired of Us is the film that first brought the Lost Boys to a wider U.S. audience. The film, by Christopher Quinn, was a prize-winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Nicole Kidman narrates.
The free screening starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight, in 212 University Center on the school's Downtown campus. It will be followed by a reception honoring Bior.
The event is part of Point Park's Spotlight on Africa series.
Spotlight on Africa continues on Sunday, with filmmaker Kimi Takesue presenting Where Are You Taking Me?, an acclaimed 2010 documentary set in Uganda.
On Tue., April 24, director Deron Abright and writer Yao B. Nunnoo present their 2011 drama The Destiny of Lesser Animals from Ghana. And on Sat., April 28, The West Wing actor Melissa Fitzgerald presents the 2011 film Staging Hope: Actors of Peace in Northern Uganda.