Parents' Guide to

The Killing Season

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Chilling docu looks at serial murders, social attitudes.

TV A&E Reality TV 2016
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This chilling docuseries explores how the disappearance and murders of female sex industry workers are overlooked, mishandled, or simply ignored. In the style of the series' Oscar-winning producer Alex Gibney, it combines lots of interviews, archival footage, scenes of tense encounters, and other elements that make it equally substantive and sensational. But this doesn't take away from the valuable points it makes about the systemic problems in law enforcement that prevent separate agencies from working together, and the role cyberspace plays in the perpetration and the resolution of serious crimes.

Viewers who enjoy this sort of investigative-themed entertainment or who are interested in documentary filmmaking will be drawn to the project. But The Killing Season isn't designed to be an easy viewing experience. While it uses LISK as the platform from which to showcase the failings of the criminal justice system, it also underscores the role social biases resulting from sexism and judgment play in the way we think about victims and why. Overall, it raises very disturbing questions about how overall society thinks about the value of one person's life over another.

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