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  • Summary: On September 12, 2002 twenty "at risk" 12-year-old boys from the tough streets of inner-city Baltimore left home to attend the 7th and 8th grade at Baraka, an experimental boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa. Here, faced with a strict academic and disciplinary program as well asOn September 12, 2002 twenty "at risk" 12-year-old boys from the tough streets of inner-city Baltimore left home to attend the 7th and 8th grade at Baraka, an experimental boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa. Here, faced with a strict academic and disciplinary program as well as the freedom to be normal teenage boys, these brave kids began the daunting journey towards putting their lives on a fresh path. This documentary focuses on four of these boys and captures their amazing journey. (Loki Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Warmly funny and very moving.
  2. The Boys of Baraka leaves you outraged in the way only the best documentaries can.
  3. Sensitive, intelligent, enlightening, and sometimes surprising.
  4. 75
    Here is a movie that makes you want to do something. Cry, or write a check, or howl with rage.
  5. The results are amazing, though bittersweet, and demonstrate how complicated and expensive it is (though not impossible) to break the cycle of poverty, crime and lack of education.
  6. The Boys of Baraka is so rich that you wish there were more of it.
  7. 40
    The Boys of Baraka's heart may be in the right place, but its portrait of poor Baltimore kids selected to attend boarding school in Kenya is rife with suspect perspectives.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. M&V
    Feb 23, 2006
    10
    We both loved the Boys of Baraka. Especially the hedgehog!
  2. GregoryM.
    Dec 8, 2005
    8
    I saw this at the Chicago International Film Festival with a friend of mine who was a residential counselor at this school for 3 years. The I saw this at the Chicago International Film Festival with a friend of mine who was a residential counselor at this school for 3 years. The film is well made and poignant, crafted with surprising skill from its freshmen directors. Unfortunately, there is a lot they left out for political purposes so a film that sets out to examine urban life, poverty, crime and race ends up neglecting the institutionalization of these same problems. Expand
  3. K.Douglas
    Jun 20, 2006
    7
    Like Hoop Dreams,both hopeful and heartbreaking.Unlike H.D.,not enough background material to fully satisfy the audience.