The real protagonists are the three Sudanese men (and Mamere's sister Abital, played by Kuoth Wiel), coming to America as part of a resettlement program that was sadly cut short by 9/11.
Mamere is smart and very articulate -- "I want to speak to another official," he says at the airport when Abital gets placed in the wrong city -- but also thinks "Why did the chicken cross the road?
One can even forgive the crowd-pleasing moments, like the guys praying over "that miracle food, pizza", or the early bit in the refugee camp when Abital looks at Mamere's T-shirt, emblazoned with Nike's 'JUST DO IT', and says that in America -- land of opportunity -- "we can finally find out what this means".
The film begins in a southern Sudan village, where two brothers, Theo and Mamere, and their sister, Abital, suddenly find themselves orphans when attackers come rampaging through, killing anyone in sight.
Mamere, Abital and close friends Jeremiah and Paul have become a family unit.
Upon arrival in New York, the group is forcibly separated; boys to Kansas City, Abital to Boston.