Senorita Extraviada (2001)
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"Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman" tells the haunting story of the more than 200 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. Visually poetic, yet unflinching in its gaze, this compelling investigation unravels the layers of complicity that have allowed for the brutal murders of women living along the Mexico-U.S. border. In the midst of Juárez's international mystique and high profile job market, there exists a murky history of grossly underreported human rights abuses
Dec 31, 2001 Wide
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There's obviously a stark, chilling story here, but Portillo is a sloppy moviemaker.
An important film, worthy of the Special Jury Prize it won at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
The film is shocking, and, for better or worse, Portillo's refusal to offer solace kindles a potent rage that's not easily forgotten.
Lourdes Portillo's elegiac Señorita Extraviada documents with low-key persistence the conditions in Ciudad Juárez that make some say, 'There is no better place in the world to kill a young woman.'
The victims of the crimes described in Senorita Extraviada cry out for justice. Just as their stories cry out for a more-focused, less superficial documentary than this one.
Portillo makes a powerful indictment -- though without the evidence to get a conviction -- against the powers that be.
The tragedy, unfairness and sheer repulsive indignity of the situation speak, in ghastly sorrow, all for themselves.
One can only hope that Portillo's film has served as catalyst, and now something will be done.
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