Parts of the film were filmed in United States, Canada, South Africa and Kenya.
Mamere is played by Arnold Oceng, the son of a Sudanese refugee father.
Three young men from Sudan named Jeremiah, Paul and Mamere are among those who get to the United States. The young men end up in Kansas City, Missouri while Mamere's sister Abital ends up in Boston.
Viewers of this film see how the children suffered the tragedy of war and the loss of their families and villages. Then there was the long trek to find safety which led them to Kenya and a refugee camp there.
The three young men and young woman lived at the refugee camp until they were fortunate enough to be transported to the United States.
Unfortunately, one of the results of 9/11 is that many remained were forced to remain stuck in refugee camps like the one in the film near Kukuma , Kenya.
Reese Witherspon plays Carrie, the woman who helps the young men find jobs.
The title of this film is taken from Mamere's class lesson in which the teacher discusses with the class Huck Finn's good lie to save his slave friend Jim. It inspires Mamere's own "good lie."
Some quotes from this film:
"Now we can finally find out what this means."---Abital
"I have courage but all your have is strength."---Theo
"Our elders told us we would be safe in Ethiopia, should anything happen."---Jeremiah
"I want to live. I do not want to die."--children repeated this before drinking urine
"So this is what winter in America feels like.this is frozen water. It's called ice."---American man after handing out blocks of ice
"Be strong, my brother."---Abital to Mamere
"They're from Africa. I'm sure they're not gonna care."---Carrie
"If you do not have a husband, then it is your children who provide for you?"---Mamere to Carrie
"You make our hearts throb for your many kind assists today."---Mamera to Carrie
"Isn't there someone who might want or need this food?"---Jeremiah
"Jim's freedom means more to Huck than the money he might get for giving him up."---Mamere
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together".---African Proverb
Some scenes from this film: