The Boys of Baraka

2005, Documentary, 1h 24m

45 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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The interviewed boys are compelling subjects, but the documentary would be better if the filmmakers had provided more factual details. Read critic reviews

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This documentary follows a group of African-American parents in a violent Baltimore ghetto, who in 2002 choose to send their junior high boys to a boarding school in Kenya, believing that the children stand a better chance of a stable future in Africa than roaming Baltimore's poverty-stricken streets. Twenty boys attend, and when they return for break, the experiment seems worth the effort. However, with Kenya facing terrorist attacks, the group must assess where the greater risk lies.

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  • Jan 05, 2012
    A good tale of inner city kids from the States who are taken to Africa to get a different perspective on life and seem enriched by it. The question is..what happens afterwards? Is this a tale of a program of good intentions providing a reprieve from a troubled life but not stopping that troubled life from happening?
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  • Mar 18, 2009
    The preacher kid creeped me out.
    Brandon K Super Reviewer

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