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 as
the freedom to be normal teenage boys, these brave kids began the
daunting journey towards putting their lives on a fresh path.
THE BOYS OF BARAKA focuses on four boys: Devon, Montrey, Richard
and his brother Romesh. Their humor and explicit truthfulness give
intimate insight into their optimistic plans, despite the tremendous
obstacles they face both at home and in school. Through extensive
time with the boys in Baltimore and in Africa, the film captures
the kids' amazing journey and how they fare when they are forced
to return to the difficult realities of their city.
THE BOYS OF BARAKA zeros in on kids that society has given up on--boys
with every disadvantage, but who refuse to be cast off as "throw-aways."