Shane killed a friend while living a life high on drugs and alcohol, and Megan, who’s been through more than ten foster homes, killed a girl after a fight. They are detained at Maryland Waxter Juvenile Facility. Even inside, there’s life and parties but what they want more than anything is freedom outside. The families of the two girls are not yet ready to take them back so when the girls do leave the facility, the reality of having to struggle with their family, the world and also themselves hit them.
Director Liz Garbus documents the two girls lives over a period of three years, having built up their trust in her. The girls share their everyday life situations without being camera-conscious. Girlhood poses the question about how best to rehabilitate teenagers into society. In asking the question, the struggles of delinquent girls merge with that of girls all over the world. Girlhood goes beyond the common approaches used on similar topics by portraying their stories with an energetic attitude. In this film, we see the girls, their eyes, how they move and also their problems of growing up and their conflicts with the world at large.
(Kim Ha Ki-lin, Hong Moon Bo-mi)
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Liz GARBUS is one of America’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers. Her first documentary film, The Farm: Angola, USA won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1998. Also, her most recent film, Bobby Fischer against The World earned an Emmy nomination for Best Non-Fiction Special and opened the Premiere Documentary section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.