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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Best Kept Secret and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Best Kept Secret: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. it is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use Best Kept Secret to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. in contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.

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Film Information

Best Kept Secret (90 min.)

Premiere Date: September 23, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Samantha Buck Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim


Samantha Buck
Samantha Buck

Film Update

Critical Acclaim

The film’s director, Samantha Buck, demonstrates a sensitivity comparable to that of Frederick Wiseman. . . . Best Kept Secret is an exemplary documentary: 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. NYT Critics’ Pick. ”

— Miriam Bale New York Times

Some secrets aren’t meant to be kept. . . . Samantha Buck’s documentary smartly sits back and watches as Mino works away. Apart from a few, briskly factual titles, there are no editorial intrusions here—no yammering experts, no pontificating activists, no sappy sentimental music. Just these kids, and the people who love them. . . . A haunting film. .”

— Steve WhittyThe Star-Ledger

As Samantha Buck’s moving documentary makes clear, the secret weapon at the public school for special-needs students is Janet Mino, an inspirational teacher with limitless patience and indefatigable enthusiasm. . . . [The film] inserts the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting, even being an underprivileged young adult with autism. ”

.— Annlee EllingsonLos Angeles Times

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