Come Back to Sudan

Director: Daniel Junge and Patti Bonnet
Country: Sudan and USA
Year: 2008
Running Time: 27 min.
Language: English, Bari, and Dinka

The last time Lado, Mabior, and Deng saw their families, they were eight years old. This was before the war forced them to flee and re-settle in America. Flash forward 18 years. Accompanied by their adoptive Colorado mother, they undertake an extraordinary journey back to their villages in war-torn Sudan.

About the Director

Patti Bonnet and Daniel Junge

pattibBiography: Patti Bonnet is a freelance filmmaker who began her career at PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour in the Washington and Western bureaus. She has also worked in Washington, DC for the ABC News program This Week with David Brinkley and Time-Life Television’s Lost Civilizations, which won a national Emmy for Best Informational Series. Bonnet’s experience includes work as a production manager for the Telluride Film Festival, location specialist for the Colorado Film Commission, producer for KRON-TV in San Francisco, and coordinating producer for HDNet’s World Report series. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2008, Patti Bonnet co-directed the documentary Come Back to Sudan with Daniel Junge.

Daniel-JungeBiography: Daniel Junge is an Oscar award winning documentary filmmaker. His first feature-length film, Chiefs, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS. His subsequent feature, Iron Ladies of Liberia, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and aired on over 50 broadcasters worldwide including PBS and the BBC. They Killed Sister Dorothy, his third feature film, won the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival before broadcasting on HBO and earning a 2010 Emmy nomination for Best Investigative Journalism. Junge’s film The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2010. His film Saving Face, also for HBO, won Best Documentary Short in 2012. In 2012, he was extended a membership invitation to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Junge is an alumnus of Cheyenne East High School and Colorado College.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Iron Ladies of Liberia (2008 – Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott Johnson);
Come Back to Sudan (2009).

Chiefs (2002 – Daniel Junge);
We Are Phamaly (2003 – Daniel Junge);
Big Blue Bear (2005 – Daniel Junge);
Iron Ladies of Liberia (2007 – Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott Johnson);
They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008 – Daniel Junge);
Come Back to Sudan (2008);
No Strings (2008 – Daniel Junge);
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner (2009 – Daniel Junge);
One Day (2011 – Daniel Junge);
Saving Face (2012 – Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy);
Fight Church (2012 – Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel);
Alpha Boys (2013 – Daniel Junge).