Fostering Care
Know How
Review by Ross Anthony

Gritty, yet enlightening to the Department of Family Services. See how the system is viewed by the youths it attempts to serve. Well acted for the most part, though there are a few sticky moments. The youths do a fine job, some surprisingly well. It's not quite a musical, but it does dabble, and moves with a bit of a backbeat as well. Impressively written and acted by "a cast of ordinary foster care youth." Director Juan Carlos Piniero Escoriaza (non-foster) also has writing credit (the film is adapted from the musical). The writing is strong with several well-woven stories. The back up cast (working actors, I'm assuming), as well as overall filmmaking are all solid.

The film also serves as a call to action, leaving us with some startling foster youth statistics: only 50% will complete high school and only 3% college, while 60% will be convicted of a crime and 75% will receive public assistance.

Curious about these topics? Here are a couple of other film that might interest you: Precious and White Oleander.

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  • Know How. Copyright © 2015.
  • Starring Joshua Elijah Adams, Deshawn Brown, Niquana Clark, Michael Kareem Dew, Gabrielle Garcia, Ainsley Henry, Gilbert Howard, Lee Jimenez, Claribelle Pagan, Ebonee Simpson. Directed by Juan Carlos Piniero Escoriaza. The Possibility Project.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)


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