Augsburg College alumna Kuoth Wiel ’13, a star in the feature film “The Good Lie,” has garnered a plethora of media coverage. The film, which was released in Minnesota Oct. 17, has been well received and is generating Oscar buzz. Augsburg has received several media mentions thanks to Wiel since she was a student at the College when she auditioned for the role.
The film brings to life a fictional yet strikingly accurate story of the ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan. Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia to Sudanese parents herself, it’s no surprise Wiel found it important to help tell this story. Being a part of the film “…validated all the struggles we had went through,” Wiel said in an MPR news interview.
Wiel has been traveling around the U.S. promoting the film since its September debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, along with Wiel and her castmates, have been featured and covered by media outlets ranging from Minneapolis’ Star Tribune to Rolling Stone magazine.
Below is a list of some of the local and national media coverage on Wiel:
- Bring Me the News – “Augsburg grad’s tragic past informs role in Hollywod movie”
- Entertainment Weekly – “Behind the Scenes with the Sudanese stars of ‘The Good Lie'”
- Huffington Post – “It’s been a long road to the big screen for the Sudanese stars of “‘The Good Lie'”
- Kare 11 – “Augsburg grad lands role with Reese Witherspoon”
- MPR – “‘The Good Lie’ treads close to Sudanese refugee life, Minnesota actress says”
- People – “Meet the real-life ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan in ‘The Good Lie'”
- Pioneer Press – “’The Good Lie’ wisely leaves story to the refugees”
- Rolling Stone – “This Reese Witherspoon drama about the lost boys (and girls) of Sudan is earnest to a fault, but you won’t leave unmoved”
- Star Tribune – “Sudanese refugees weather culture shock in ‘Good Lie'”
- Variety – “Toronto film review: ‘The Good Lie'”