Rick Warren Puts His Name On The Line For The Good Lie
Rick Warren, best-selling author and Saddleback Church pastor, has come out with strong support for The Good Lie, a film about the Sudanese Lost Boys. calling it “Academy-Award quality,” and urging parishioners to see it when it opens the weekend of Friday, October 3rd.
Warren welcomed members of the cast and the filmmakers behind the new film THE GOOD LIE to his church’s main campus last week to discuss the movie that is earning rave reviews from faith-based film critics and Christian influencers including Max Lucado, Focus on the Family, The National Latino Evangelical Coalition, the World Evangelical Alliance, and beyond from people like Glenn Beck and Michael Medved.
“The Good Lie is a beautiful movie, well-acted with brilliant cinematography,” Warren said. “There’s two great stories in The Good Lie: One of them is the story that brings awareness to how millions of people are living in refugee camps around the world. The other story tells us you don’t have to be perfect to make a difference. I think it’s an Academy Award-quality movie.”
Warren interviewed two stars of the film – Emmanuel Jal and Ger Duany – and two producers – Molly Smith and Thad Luckinbill – during Saddleback’s church service. Jal and Duany lived elements of the story told in the film as children, forced to live as refugees when a civil war tore apart their home country of Sudan in the 1980s.
The film tells the story of “Lost Boys” like Duany and Jal, young victims who traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. Philippe Falardeau, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated Foreign Language film MONSIEUR LAZHAR, brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. In addition to Jal and Duany, Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng and newcomer Kuoth Wiel star alongside Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll in a film written by Margaret Nagle, writer of the award-winning HBO projects Boardwalk Empire and Warm Springs.
“I’ve had over a thousand members of my church serve in Kenya, over 1,200 of my members serve in Rwanda, and over 23,000 members serving in about 197 countries, and the most desperate things out there are these refugee camps,” Warren said. “So, I am just thrilled that The Good Lie has been made. I just love this story. This is a movie I’m willing to put my name behind.”