The Secret Path

The Secret Path
Yvonne Zima

Yvonne Zima

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Jo Ann Foley (age 7)
Age: 9 years old
Madeline Zima

Madeline Zima

Screen Time: 40%
Role: Jo Ann Foley (age 14)
Age: 13 years old


The Secret Path

Chasing Secrets
Rating: 7.29 (7 votes)
Directed: Bruce Pittman
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama


A young girl, Jo Ann, born out-of-wedlock and abused by her maternal grandfather, finds happiness when she is with an older black couple. Her mother, not knowing who fathered her daughter, tries to overcome the family's problems, but is constantly beaten back by her controlling father.

Movie Reviews


This was a wonderful movie. I loved it & yes it did make me cry. The movie is set in rural Tennessee. It's about a poor, unloved & unwanted little white girl & her black neighbors, who are older & very loving & nurturing to her. The story is being told by the girl, who is now grown up, to her daughter. Her story begins with her birth on a stormy rainy night during the depression.

The girls grandfather is a no good, drunk who takes the baby as soon as she is born and drives off with her & leaves he beside the road in the rain. But to his surprise someone brings the baby back & leaves her on the front porch of their house. The grandfather is very mean to the girl through out her childhood & even beats her & tries to get her involved in prostitution when she is only 14 (to support the family), but the girl refuses & fights back.

It is her neighbors who take her in & lovingly care for her, but they must bring her back because she is white & they are black. The old black woman (Della Reese) lets the no good grandfather know that she is the one who brought the girl back when she was a baby & she won't stand for him beating her. I won't give it all away, but this is one you really will enjoy watching. I'd never heard of it before, but it is the best movie I've seen in a long time. I highly recommend it. A great family movie. Della Reese was superb! I give it a 10!

[~IMDb review]