The Boys of Baraka
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We follow several boys on this fascinating journey toward growth and renewal. Devon is an aspiring preacher with musical talent; Montrey is a troublemaker with a bad attitude, who dreams of a career in science; brother Richard and Romesh are both accepted into Baraka, and despite setbacks both flourish in the program. Codirectors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady capture their gradual awakening to a new way of living and a new outlook on life, and then comes bad news: Due to security concerns and regional politics, the Baraka program is suspended, and the boys must return to the bleakness of Baltimore. Have they changed for good? Will they find a way to earn their diplomas and have hope for their futures? The Boys of Baraka offers no easy answers, but in showing us a glimmer of hope against all odds, the film gains depth and power with a conditional happy ending. Uncertainty remains, but so does a palpable sense of achievement and self-improvement that could, on a grander scale of government and societal support, lead to a positive revolution in our school system, which currently offers a depressing shortage of options for our most underprivileged citizens. Without forcing its uplifting message, this exceptional documentary offers proof of a better way, if only enough people would step up and support it. --Jeff Shannon
- Commentary by directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing
- "A Conversation with Bill Cosby" featurette
- Deleted scenes
- "The Boys: An Update"
Top Customer Reviews
could watch over and over again. It is funny and very interesting. It's
based on a group of pre-teens and teens (12-13) who have the opportunity
of coming from a harsh and rough life in Baltimore, Maryland to a strict
school in Kenya where they not only get there education but the also talk
through conflicts instead of solving them with violence.
The boys are given a second chance into bettering their lives outside of
Maryland by being able to spend two years of their lives in East Africa,
Kenya at a school called, "Baraka School".
There's a boy named Richard, who is 13 years old who is determined to
make a better life for himself. He is a strong young black male who knows
whats best for him and his younger brother Romesh whos us 12 years old.
He is determined to do whatever he has to do to be a better person.
There is also another young black male by the name of Devon who is an
inspiration that I admire because he loves to preach and have dreams
about becoming a pastor one day. Even though his mother is struggling
from abusing drugs, that's not going to stop this young inspiration from
achieving his dream.
As they are living in Kenya the boys really don't like it because they
start missing their families and because they brought their lifestyles
from Baltimore to Kenya which makes it hard. Not only are the
disrespecting each other but themeselves also.
At then end of this movie the boys are sent home after the completion of
their first year for summer vacation.Read more ›
One of the strongest film ever seen!!! A must see
OK...so there really is no gimmicky mirror along with the purchase of "The Boys of Baraka," but there is commentary on the movie by Bill Crosby and the commentary is enlightening. The documentary is powerful on its own, as Heidi Ewing works to tell the miraculous story of a group of East Baltimore teenage and pre-teen boys as they enroll in a program that takes them to Kenya for two years away from their family and away from East Baltimore to focus being 12 and 13 year olds growing up in the world. The opportunity to grow up and develop into young men isn't really something that is afforded to them in the public school and poverty environment that is East Baltimore. The lives of their families are honestly told raw exposing drug habits, exposing absent fathers, exposing all the entrappings that is poverty in the United States.Read more ›
The "boys" of Baraka are at once charming, inspiring and heartbreaking. The filmmakers have done a great job of showing us their real life, without making things feel maudlin or overly-dramatic. It should have been an Oscar nominee, but is worthy of your time nonetheless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My dream is to open a charter school partly because of how inspiring this movie is. I love love love it! Read morePublished 8 months ago by ruth daley
This story delivered an interesting concept but didn't provide the necessary journalistic inquiry to provide the viewer with a full understanding. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tell Me A Story
Powerful documentary that highlights the disparities in education in america.Published 16 months ago by Student Mom
A must see for education, activist, church groups involved in social justice. I cried at the end and tried to see how to help this program continue to help others... powerful!Published 18 months ago by traci t
This is a gripping documentary of poverty and its effects right here in the United States. Someone asked "why do we have to take boys out of the country?" I get it. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by D. M. McCann
I work in a school where we show this to middle school aged boys. They latch on to this movie instantly. Amazon is the only place that I found the movie for the price. Great buy.Published on April 10, 2013 by Kris Wheeler