“Know How” – A Film About the Foster Care System

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According to a 2010 study conducted by Chapin Hall at The University of Chicago, 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 have completed a degree program. 

KNOW HOW, an award-winning docu-drama directed by former MYD member Juan Carlos, chronicles the reality of life in foster care through the eyes of five young people living in the New York City system. Their true stories are captured in this unique, eye-opening film exploring tales of abuse, homelessness and perseverance. In commemoration of National Foster Care Month, this film is accompanied by a social action campaign spearheaded by Participant Media and the California Youth Connection to raise awareness for state-level legislation aiming to provide better outcomes for foster care youth. 

The film premiered May 15th in select theaters across New York and Los Angeles and premieres nationally on Pivot TV May 27th at 11pm EST.

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Website: takepart.com/knowhow

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2014, 106 mins, English, Digital
Directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza 
Screenplay by Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza 
Executive Producer Paul G. Griffin 
Produced by Paul G. Griffin and Marcus Clarke

Written by & Starring
Deshawn Brown
Niquana Clark
Michael Kareem Dew
Gabrielle Garcia
Gilbert Howard
Claribelle Pagan
Ebonee Simpson