Toronto: Reese Witherspoon Drama 'The Good Lie' Launches Refugee Fund
Alcon Entertainment and Black Label Media are seeding The Good Lie Fund
The producers of Reese Witherspoon drama The Good Lie have established a fund to help the children uprooted and orphaned during the Sudanese civil war that stretched from 1983 to 2005.
The Good Lie Fund, whose initial focus will be the Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya, was announced Monday as Warner Bros.' The Good Lie, focusing on what's known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Alcon Media and Black Label Media, who produced the movie with Imagine Entertainment, are seeding the fund.
The fund is seeking to raise worldwide awareness of the situation in South Sudan, and is planning a Washington, D.C., fundraiser in mid-September. A number of corporations have already pledged their support.
Directed by Philippe Falardeau, The Good Lie stars Witherspoon as an American woman who takes four Sudanese refugees under her wing. Witherspoon stars opposite Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal and Kuoth Wiel, all of whom are of Sudanese descent, and Corey Stoll.
The filmmaker's involvement with the subject began with a documentary assignment in South Sudan that was cut short by escalating hostilities in 1994. "I had the feeling then that I was abandoning them, and that feeling stayed with me until I read Margaret Nagle's script for The Good Lie. It was like a calling, to finish this in another way and to tell their story," Falardeu said. While the second Sudanese civil war ostensibly ended in 2005, violence sparked again in 2011, and has continued on ever since.
The Good Lie will be made available for select screenings to various philanthropic groups as part of the new fund.
"This film was a labor of love for all of us," said Black Label's Molly Smith. "I am so proud and happy to know that it will not only be a compelling and personal story for audiences everywhere to see but may also serve to illuminate an ongoing and little-known human drama."
Contact information for the fund will appear in the movie's credits. The movie begins rolling out in select theaters Oct. 3.
The Good Lie was produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Kim Roth and Ellen H. Schwartz are among its executive producers.