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Lost Girls


Based on Robert Kolker's 2013 true-crime novel of the same title, Lost Girls is a searing look at a mother's relentless fight for justice against the system that failed her. After her eldest daughter, Shannan, goes missing in an affluent Long Island neighborhood, Mari Gilbert (Amy Ryan) demands answers. She discovers Shannan was part of an online world of sex workers, composed mostly of young women from rough, working-class backgrounds. As Mari puts pressure on an indifferent and sometimes hostile police force that would rather blame Shannan and "girls like her" than find them, she decides to take matters into her own hands, revealing more cases like Shannan's.

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MDC's Tower Theater Miami

Director Bio

Liz Garbus is one of America's most celebrated documentarians. She has received three Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Academy Award nominations and a Grammy Award nomination for her body of work, which includes The Farm: Angola, USA; What Happened, Miss Simone?; Bobby Fischer Against the World; Nothing Left Unsaid; There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane; and The Fourth Estate among others. Lost Girls is her narrative feature debut. Two amazing children keep her sane.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Liz Garbus
  • Producer(s)
    Anne Carey, Kevin McCormick
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Michael Werwie
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Igor Martinovic
  • Composer
    Howard Paar
  • Cast
    Amy Ryan, Thomas McKenzie, Lola Kirke, Oona Laurence, Gabriel Byrne, Miriam Shor

Film Info