Best Kept Secret

Directed by Samantha Buck

WINNER
BEST OF FEST
AFI DOCS
OFFICIAL SELECTION
AUDIENCE AWARD
INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON
OFFICIAL SELECTION
MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL
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US, 2013, 85 min

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.

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Danielle DiGiacomo, Producer, Best Kept Secret