The Boys of Baraka
Tod rented an amazing netflix dvd, we watched it last night. DVD excerpt:
In an experimental program to reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency, the city of Baltimore sent a group of 12 year olds deemed "at risk" to a boarding school in Kenya, affording the boys the rare opportunity to turn their troubled lives around.....
I was so touched by this DVD, it becomes clear to me that the things that touch me the most usually have something to do with where I am at or have been in my life. No, I'm not a struggling black youth in a bad neighborhood, but after a few hours of talking with Tod there was a resonance with dreams being squashed. With something in your youth being killed. I seem to butt my head up against the wall of hopes and dreams and for as bizarre as it might seem to some, I was right there with those boys when I watched them. My heart went out to them and of course all I could think was how selfish it seems (to me) to make art when people need hope, help and just a friend or mentor; which led me to trying to understand more of why I am doing what I am doing now and how can I move onto my own level of health and functionality so I can be ready to make a real difference in other peoples' lives.* I'm not there yet, and I probably sound naive to some, but this is my experience and I'm just sharing.
As for the documentary, it's painfully obvious that those kids needed not to be stuffed into bad schools where they were just sliding by and not getting brought up to speed with their education. I don't want to ruin the movie for people if they watch it so I wont go on about what else happens. I feel very affected by the movie, anything that can stimulate the kind of conversation and awakening about your own life and others' is worth it's weight in gold. Inspiring and touching, it can't not lead you to at least some self examination, desire for growth and belief in empowerment for everyone.
*dont give me grief for saying that about art, this is me trying to understand still why art is important because I obviously don't yet get it. no matter how much i talk about it with people for whatever reason i have a block about my own value, about art's value etc. that is part of what got woken up by this movie, me asking me what do i do that makes any difference? art feels selfish and yet i feel like i have to make it. i'm trying to understand where i belong and how i matter, how art matters especially when i see docs. like this one.