Best Kept Secret
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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 Mino has taught her class of young autistic men for four years. When they all graduate in the spring of 2012, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world - a job or rare placement in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"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."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"An engaging documentary that flirts with heartbreak and despair while also showcasing the better angels of human nature."
‑ Brent Simon,
"The wonderful work of one teacher, concerned with the adult future of autistic children, is spotlighted in this touching, funny and important documentary."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"This deeply moving but thankfully unsentimental doc is both inspiring and depressing."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Apart from a few, briskly factual titles, there are no editorial intrusions here - no yammering experts, no pontificating activists, no sappy sentimental music."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This is one secret that deserves to be shouted about."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"A magnificent tapestry of touching relationships more like mother and child than student-teacher. When scientists figure out how to clone humans, they ought to start with Janet Mino."
‑ Kam Williams,
"The real star is teacher Janet Mino, whose advocacy for her kids goes above and beyond."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"[Inserts] the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting, even being an underprivileged young adult with autism."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times
"[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."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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