The Boys of Baraka (2005)
Critic Consensus: The interviewed boys are compelling subjects, but the documentary would be better if the filmmakers had provided more factual details.
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Critic Reviews for The Boys of Baraka
There are difficulties along the way, none of them slighted in this award-winning documentary, as well as a surprise at the end that's as sobering to the viewer as it is to the children.
It's galling to think American kids must go abroad for a chance to turn their lives around. But it's also inspiring to see the changes that are possible.
A potent mixture of heartbreak and crushing irony.
A potent emotional experience.
Here is a movie that makes you want to do something. Cry, or write a check, or howl with rage.
Audience Reviews for The Boys of Baraka
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?
The preacher kid creeped me out.
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