The Boys of Baraka: A Chance for a New Life?
Downtown Baltimore: a disastrous mix of drugs, crime and poverty. From this troubled area, several 'at risk' youth are selected for the Baraka School in Kenya, an institution dedicated to instilling t...
Downtown Baltimore: a disastrous mix of drugs, crime and poverty. From this troubled area, several 'at risk' youth are selected for the Baraka School in Kenya, an institution dedicated to instilling the virtues of discipline, study and self esteem in young men.The Boys of Baraka follows four very different young men as they leave their troubled lives behind in the US, and embark on a two year journey to Africa. Musically inclined Devon is withdrawn and uncertain, Montrey is argumentative and outgoing, and there are two brothers, Richard and Romesh, one wild, the other quiet and disciplined.
Initially distrustful, the boys quickly settle into their new environment and begin to flourish. But life works in cruel and mysterious ways, and halfway through the boys’ studies at Baraka, political unrest in Kenya forces officials to close the school. Suddenly thrust back into Baltimore’s oppressive environment, these boys and their families are left to question a schooling system and a society that seems to have failed them.
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