Movie Review

'Lost Girls' exposes the hard reality of male indifference towards femicide

Based on a true-life case of an unidentified serial killer, this crime mystery puts the victims front and centre as it exposes prejudices of police towards women

22 March 2020 - 00:00 By

If femicide, the depressing reality for many women around the world and South Africa in particular, is the ultimate expression of misogyny, then, as documentarian Liz Garbus' hard-hitting feature debut suggests, the indifference of the patriarchy — as demonstrated by police investigations into these crimes — represents the other side of this terrible, yet familiar coin.

Based on the true-life case of the unidentified Long Island serial killer as recounted in a book by journalist Robert Kolke — the film focuses on the killer's victims through the story of one of the mothers of the estimated 10 to 16 sex workers he preyed on...

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