Written and acted by young people in New York City’s foster care system, KNOW HOW presents dramatic stories ripped from their own life experiences. Five characters’ worlds intersect as they confront loss, heartbreak, adulthood, and bureaucracy in this tale about transience and perseverance. KNOW HOW captures the reality of life in foster care from the point of view of those living in it. It's not a documentary nor is it fiction. It’s a hybrid approach for using film to create social change. Instead of professional screenwriters and actors, these true stories are written and performed by a cast of ordinary foster care youth, and their performances are powerful, moving, and eye-opening. KNOW HOW is also a musical that brings authentic voices and unseen stories to the screen. It emerged from the efforts of The Possibility Project, a non-profit organization in NYC that brings teenagers together to transform the negative forces in their lives into positive action through projects like this one. Why make a film by young people in foster care? Because the system doesn’t work and the human cost of its dysfunction is too great to ignore. Consider this: a few years after aging out of foster care, only 50% of young people will complete high school or a GED, 60% will be convicted of a crime, 75% will receive public assistance, and only 6% will complete a college degree. The system needs to change.
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- First Run Features
- © 2014
- English (Dolby 5.1, Stereo, CC)
- Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.