The four-part docuseries “Black and Missing” debuts on HBO today, chronicling the journey of two sisters-in-law, Derrica and Natalie Wilson, who are bringing awareness to Black missing persons cases ignored by law enforcement and national media.…
Directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Geeta Gandbhir and journalist Soledad O’Brien, the series spotlights different cases and the nuances that distinguish them, including the impacts of online grooming and domestic violence.…
We spoke to Gandbhir and the Wilson sisters about the documentary and the purpose of their work.

Here are some snippets from their interview.
Q: From watching “Black and Missing,” viewers learn that police departments often regard youth as “runaways” upon turning 16 as opposed to “missing children.” How do you think the adultification of Black girls contributes to the disregard for their safety when in need of help?
Q: It was emphasized in the documentary that cooperation and collaboration with law enforcement is integral to find missing children. After the calls to defund and abolish police last summer, do you believe these departments and systems are capable of reform?
Q: Why do you think media outlets do not respond to cases of Black missing girls in the same manner and with the same fervor as cases such as Gabby Petito, Elizabeth Smart, etc.?
Q: What do you want people to take away from this documentary?
Read @ruthesamuel’s full interview with the Wilson sisters and filmmaker Geeta Gandbhir:…

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