Best Kept Secret (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Best Kept Secret
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.
Audience Reviews for Best Kept Secret
This is one of the best documentaries of the decade! It also is a sad look at special ed and low income families who are reliant on the education system to help raise and care for their children with needs. These families dread the day that their children become adults and the supports of the education system are removed. It is a must see for everyone in the US!
An extraordinarily moving film that contrasts the power of optimism and dedication with the hard, cold reality of young adults dealing with autism.
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