"Senorita Extraviada" (Missing Young Woman) Documentary Film
December 31, 2001 | Grantee Profile | Migration, Journalism & Media

Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman)
Directed by Lourdes Portillo
Xochitl Productions
San Francisco, CA

Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman), a documentary by Lourdes Portillo, unfolds like the unsolved mystery that it examines—the kidnapping, rape and murder of over 350 young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.  Visually poetic, yet unflinching in its gaze, the film unravels the layers of complicity that have allowed these brutal murders to continue. Relying on what Portillo comes to see as the most reliable of sources—the testimonies of the families of the victims—Señorita Extraviada documents a two-year search for the truth in the underbelly of the new global economy.  The result is a shocking and brutal portrait of Ciudad Juárez, "The City of the Future."


Learn more about the film, download discussion guides and meet the filmmaker on the POV website.

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