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Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

True-crime docu inspires hope amid grief and tragedy.

Movie NR 2023 92 minutes
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This is a moving documentary that combines elements of true crime and police procedurals with the chance to get to know Amber, her family, and all they have endured since she was taken. Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert takes advantage of professional video footage taken in the months before her disappearance to help viewers get to know her and her family. Tension and suspense are at a high level throughout. Interviews with law enforcement officials, some of whom worked the case for many years, add to the sense of drama and frustration at the lack of resolution. Documenting the creation of the Amber alert system, too, brings a hopeful note to the end.

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