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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.
This deeply moving but thankfully unsentimental doc is both inspiring and depressing.
The real star is teacher Janet Mino, whose advocacy for her kids goes above and beyond.
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.
Apart from a few, briskly factual titles, there are no editorial intrusions here - no yammering experts, no pontificating activists, no sappy sentimental music.
[Inserts] the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting, even being an underprivileged young adult with autism.
An engaging documentary that flirts with heartbreak and despair while also showcasing the better angels of human nature.
This is one secret that deserves to be shouted about.
[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.
The wonderful work of one teacher, concerned with the adult future of autistic children, is spotlighted in this touching, funny and important documentary.
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.
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