Best Kept Secret
Best Kept Secret (2013)

JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 6, 2013
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

Unlike the majority of autism docus about white, middle-class children, Samantha Buck's film examines the poverty of options available to working-class black and Latino young adults once they leave the safe confines of the classroom.

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Miriam Bale
New York Times

It spotlights an important issue yet never seeks to squeeze the truth into an easily digestible narrative frame. Instead it expands its storytelling to the boundaries of messy, joyful and painful reality.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

An engaging documentary that flirts with heartbreak and despair while also showcasing the better angels of human nature.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This deeply moving but thankfully unsentimental doc is both inspiring and depressing.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Apart from a few, briskly factual titles, there are no editorial intrusions here - no yammering experts, no pontificating activists, no sappy sentimental music.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

This is one secret that deserves to be shouted about.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

The real star is teacher Janet Mino, whose advocacy for her kids goes above and beyond.

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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times

[Inserts] the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting, even being an underprivileged young adult with autism.

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

[Janet] Mino's efforts to find rewarding situations for her graduates seem heroic in the film, and you're invited to share in her frustrations, as caretakers and children are left with non-choices.

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