A potent mixture of heartbreak and crushing irony, The Boys of Baraka documents the lives of several 12 year old African-American boys who were transported from the harsh streets of Baltimore in the US to an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, Africa.
In 2002, over half of Baltimore’s African-American boys failed to graduate from high school with almost as many of them ending up in jail. Adding to these grim figures was an even darker reality of streets ruled by drug dealers, families fractured by addiction and prison, and a public school system seemingly surrendered to chaos.
The four young boys featured in The Boys of Baraka, Devon Brown, Montrey Moore, Richard Keyser Jr. and his younger brother Romesh Vance, despite individual talents and considerable personal charms, were more likely to end up in prison or dead than go to high school. But fate came to them with a remarkable and fickle twist.
The Boys of Baraka, SBS TV, August 5, 8.30pm.