Missing Young Woman | Chicago Reader

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“I came . . . to track down ghosts,” says Lourdes Portillo at the outset of this 2001 video, less a documentary than an affecting elegy. In the last decade more than 200 young women have been raped and murdered in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, with many also showing signs of mutilation. Portillo interviews several women who managed to escape and connects the terrible loss of life with the effects of globalization: the numerous maquiladoras attract women who leave their hometowns for a rootless and vulnerable existence. Among the suspects are drug traffickers, a local gang, a group of bus drivers, and the police, but the killings remain unsolved. 76 min.

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