A young man who has left the countryside to come to the city, earns his keep by pulling a little cart around, delivering small items for merchants and others. One day he helps the manager of a textile factory deliver some items to his home, and the wealthier man befriends him.
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It is, indeed, about work, but mercifully doesn't stoop to battering the viewer with the oppressed-proletariat theme. And the director is in command of his craft - not often the case in the African films I've seen, often earnest but crudely made and not particularly involving. BAARA is an interesting film that only falters at the end, when it tries in rather hamfisted manner to make a tragedy of everything.