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Mesmerizing, chilling and greatly disturbing.
What emerges, finally, is an urgent distress call from one of America's many, predominately black inner cities cast adrift by decades of municipal neglect and institutional racism.
Tales of the Grim Sleeper develops in frightening and moving ways.
Set against our current flurry of stories on police/community tension, The Grim Sleeper suggests we could use a wakeup call.
Tales Of The Grim Sleeper subtly, persistently makes the case that to write anybody off because of where they're from isn't just an outrage, it's damned inhumane.
Tales from the Grim Sleeper concludes by offering up the haunting possibility that even if the killer has been caught, the systemic failures that let him get away with it for so long remain firmly in place.
Tales of the Grim Sleeper is so outlandish, shocking, and culturally relevant that of course it's going to drop a few jaws, but the ever scarier afterthought is how these murders went unaccounted for, for so long. Now that is truly haunting.
Like the best of Broomfield's work, it's both an explanation and investigation, the filmmaker puzzling out a complicated story as he goes, dogged in his determination.
The sordid yet mundane (making it all the sadder) story of a black community plagued by police unconcern, with the men closest to the accused almost shruggingly inured to his voyeurism and predation. (The impressive fighters here are female.)
Nick Broomfield's excellent documentary reveals how violence toward poor black women works in collusion between the personal and the political silence of members in the community...
Broomfield meticulously frames his engagements with the South Central residents as dedicated to illuminating how personal strife consistently traces to economic subalimentation and historical degradation.
A fascinatingly disturbing true-crime documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper isn't just about a serial killer, but a film about race and class and the value -- or lack of it -- that society places on certain women.
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