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The Boys of Baraka (2005)

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Twenty 12-year-old black boys from one of the most violent ghettos in Baltimore, Maryland, are taken 10,000 miles away to an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, to try to take ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Devon Brown Devon Brown ... Himself
Darius Chambers Darius Chambers ... Himself
Edward Bernard Green Jr. Edward Bernard Green Jr. ... Himself
Richard Keyser Richard Keyser ... Himself
Justin Mackall Justin Mackall ... Himself
Montrey Moore Montrey Moore ... Himself
Romesh Vance Romesh Vance ... Himself
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Twenty 12-year-old black boys from one of the most violent ghettos in Baltimore, Maryland, are taken 10,000 miles away to an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, to try to take advantage of the educational opportunities they can't get in their own country. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

15 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Szkola specjalna w Kenii See more »

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,705, 4 December 2005

Gross USA:

$322,386, 30 April 2006
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Loki Films See more »
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Color
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Climbing Mt. Kenya
Written by J.J. McGeehan
Performed by Abdoulaye Diabate
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Four American Boys Defy Odds
4 December 2005 | by ex-hippieSee all my reviews

The protagonists of Boys of Baraka, four 12-year-olds, had no idea they were supposed to be statistical data on the debilitating effects of poverty. Richard, Romesh, Montrey and Devon are instead each fully dimensional. One draws you in by his pre-teen bravado, another awakens your imagination by his sly irony, a third lifts your heart by his sweet astonishment at his own potential and the 4th boy makes you laugh by his determination to find his own pulpit. Only after you have fallen in love with each child and the man he could become, do you remember the mortal blow that awaits each of them as the relentless poverty that defines their world catches up. Essential viewing for educators, policymakers and parents


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