Best Kept Secret


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 a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets. (c) Argot Pictures


Critic Reviews for Best Kept Secret

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11)

  • 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.

    Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

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

    Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The real star is teacher Janet Mino, whose advocacy for her kids goes above and beyond.

    Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 6, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Apart from a few, briskly factual titles, there are no editorial intrusions here - no yammering experts, no pontificating activists, no sappy sentimental music.

    Sep 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Inserts] the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting, even being an underprivileged young adult with autism.

    Sep 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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