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Know How (2015)

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A film about finding hope, written and acted by a group of New York City foster care teenagers from the stories of their lives and directed by first-time director Juan Carlos Pineiro ... See full summary »
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... Trey
... Addie
... James
... Eva
... Austin
Claribelle Pagan ... Megan
Ebonee Simpson ... Marie
Joshua Elijah Adams
Ainsley Brownie Henry
Lee Jimenez
Setor Attipoe ... Jackie
... Bobby
... Jessica (as Anatoli Grek)
Remy Jeremie
Vincent Notice
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A film about finding hope, written and acted by a group of New York City foster care teenagers from the stories of their lives and directed by first-time director Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza. 'Know How' reveals the dynamic journeys of 5 teenagers confronting the realities of life in and around the NYC foster care system. Using a multi-protagonist structure with songs and music, the narrative film weaves a powerful, eye-opening tale of loss, devastation, struggle, and redemption as each character must learn, must know how, to survive. 'Know How' shines a spotlight on the unseen national crisis that is foster care through the authentic voice and real-life view of those living inside it. Written by Paul Griffin

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Drama | Musical

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Spectacular
7 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

The production caught me by surprise. This was a dramatic and realistic weaving of tales around foster care youth and the risks they encountered to shed light onto what "at-risk" behaviors result from trauma, violence, social anxiety, depression, and many other dimensions of mental, physical, and spiritual health.

The whole experience of the movie is actually worth writing home about. Our emerging generation (I'm 29 and I'm "old", apparently) has to have tremendous courage, for our civilization is on the brink of an era of information and specialization... yet inextricably with that we have so much misinformation and it becomes increasingly challenging to be 'special'. The hope lies with the strength of spirit our youth develop when they become coaches, teachers, counselors, mentors, advisers, etc.

This movie has not only my cinematic aesthetics nod of approval... it deflects most scrutiny because it gets my respect. Props to those involved. Would recommend.


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