Identify relevant points that need to be included in an abstract about The Boys of Baraka.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The backdrop in which the film takes place would be a part of an abstract about the film.  Illuminating the statistical reality that the boys face in Baltimore is an essential part of the documentary:

...61 percent of Baltimore's African-American boys fail to graduate from high school; 50 percent of them go on to jail. Behind those grim figures lie the grimmer realities of streets ruled by drug dealers, families fractured by addiction and prison and a public school system seemingly surrendered to chaos.

It is in this condition that the four boys of the film struggle.  Another part of an abstract about the film could be to raise the question of what might happen if these boys are taken from their condition in Baltimore and placed in a school in Africa.  The social experiment element is a part of the abstract because it defines the essence of the film.  It helps to bring out what the film is trying to explore.  At the same time, the abstract might feature what is experienced in Africa,  such as the element of community, work, and education.  The abstract should illuminate these aspects of the film because these are vital to the development of the documentary.

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