Having seen The Boys of Baraka, Baltimore mayor Martin O'Malley now hopes to create a domestic version of the documentary film's featured program, in which a group of the city's at-risk students are transported to a boarding school in Kenya. It would appear that the incomparable power of non-fiction cinema to alert and influence has struck again.
Unfortunately O'Malley's proposal has so far been met with suspicious disapproval, according to an August 31 article in the New York Times. Many people seem to be wary of a free, government-run facility for the housing, educating and reforming of troubled inner city youth, seeing the plan as hardly distinguishable from precautionary juvenile detention. The attitude and assumption is not unreasonable, though it is likely uninformed, and if these critics manage to see the film, it might give them a better understanding of their mayor's intentions.