Three of the main characters are acting from experience, these three amazing specimens are Sudanese refugees: Kuoth Wiel, Emmanuel Jal, Ger Duany. And Arnold Oceng is the son of a Sudanese man who came here to experience a new beginning.
I don't know which parts of the story line are true and I don't care, it was a good movie, full of cold, sobering factual events, characters that are relatable, struggles that all kinds of people can identify with and a warm fuzzy happy ending.
ALSO, who doesn't love a good literary reference that vividly wraps together the point of the whole story??!