The Boys of Baraka
The Boys of Baraka (2005)

"The Boys of Baraka" follows a group of extraordinary 12-year-old boys from the most violent ghettos of Baltimore who are chosen to attend an experimental boarding school in Kenya. Many have developed emotion problems and violent… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 30, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Here is a movie that makes you want to do something. Cry, or write a check, or howl with rage.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Raw emotions, both uplifting and depressing, are captured.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A potent mixture of heartbreak and crushing irony.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

This is a gripping documentary look at four Baltimore youngsters sent to a school in rural Kenya that specializes in dealing with troubled American boys from the inner city.

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Christopher Campbell

I feel that all its acclaim and awards are meant more for the cause than for the artistic or journalistic achievements of presenting the cause.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

A potent emotional experience.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A film that might have been a dry exercise in earnest nonfiction filmmaking becomes a soaring, artistically complex testament to survival, character and hope.

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Don Willmott

leaves out vital pieces of information, such as how and why the school was founded and who pays for it

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
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… More
Brandon Klaus
The preacher kid creeped me out.