A few years ago, the TV show Without a Trace, aired an episode about two missing teenagers. One was black, the other white….The episode showed how the media, community searches, and law enforcement tend to focus more on disappearances of non-children of color. At the end of the show, one of the teenager’s body is found. The screen fades out and credits roll. The point of the ending was that it didn’t matter whose body was found, the death of either teenager should be mourned by all. It was a bold move for a mainstream television show.
The film-in-progress “Muted” examines this lack of attention to missing children of color. The tears of mothers of color aren’t taken as seriously as white mothers. The directors have started a Kickstarter campaign. Please support them, if you can:
Muted follows Lena Gladwell, a mother whose world is shattered when her teenage daughter Crystal disappears. Springing into action, Lena attempts to enlist the help of the press and the police. Expecting the full support of law enforcement and local media, Lena quickly learns the painful and tragic lesson that all missing persons are not created equal.