|Genre: Documentary, Murder, Teenage, Coming Of Age, Urban, Biography, Society, Law|
Plot: Girlhood, the new documentary film from Academy Award-nominated director Liz Garbus, tells two coming-of-age stories from the real America: Shanae, ten years old when she was gang-raped by five boys, responded by drinking and drugging, and then graduated to murder, with the stabbing death of a friend, at age 11. Megan, whose mother abandoned her to turn tricks to support her ravaging heroin addiction, ran away from ten different foster homes before being arrested for attacking another foster child with a box cutter. Both girls ended up in the Waxter Juvenile Facility, home to Maryland's most violent juvenile offenders. It is here that their journeys really begin.
With unprecedented access to the system and to the complex interior lives of the protagonists, girlhood follows Shanae and Megan over the next three years of their lives, as they struggle to come to terms with their crimes, their pasts, and their futures. One of them will graduate from high school at #4 in her class, having made her way through the minefield of her childhood and even greater crises to come; another will find herself trapped by the demons of her upbringing, on the streets of East Baltimore, still searching for salvation. But both will struggle to come of age in an America in which childhood, as we
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