Boys of Baraka
is a gripping story about 12 boys from
the streets of Baltimore and their experience
at home and at a boarding school in Kenya.
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady,
this 84 minutes documentary shows where
the children come from: economically and
and how that relates to their learning
experiences. The film follows a few students
and parents closely and we see their ups
and downs as they adjust to the new continent,
country and school setting. Some do well
others struggle but one thing is consistent:
all being impacted by the experience.
like this film because it shed light on
common problems that arise when you grow
up in the 'hood: poverty, drug dealing,
single parent homes and the like. I also
like it because it doesn't end perfect
(which is reality) and even the time spent
I Africa is cut short do to unforeseen
circumstances. This brings the problems
of home back to the forefront and allows
us to see what happens next and the concerns
given by the parents and Baraka staff
(if for only a moment).
DVD features filmmaker commentary, deleted
scenes, an update on the boys and a conversation
with the outspoken Bill Cosby that is
about five minutes.
give the 4.5 Globes. The only problem
with the film in my eyes is like most
stories of this nature it has to end with
us wanting to know more.
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