SXSW Film Reviews
THE BOYS OF BARAKA
D: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Documentary Feature CompetitionPerhaps the most powerful and important documentary I have ever seen. With The Boys of Baraka directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady record a coming-of-age tale that touches on every fathomable emotion level. Over the course of three years, the two women followed 20 boys from inner-city Baltimore to the Baraka School in Kenya and then back again, to observe how the experience changed them for better or worse. The film focuses on three boys in particular: Robert, whose mother was shot by his father, who is serving 13 years in prison; Devon, whose mother is an on-and-off drug addict; and Montrey, who is emotionally unstable, violent, and out-of-control for countless reasons. Considering all of their subjects are considered "at risk," the boy's personalities blossom in front of Ewing, Grady, and their cameras. Nothing is withheld: The emotional honesty is stifling. You should see this film.
The Boys of Baraka received a Special Jury Award and was the Audience Award runner-up.
Austin Convention Center, 7pm