‘I am All Girls,’ a South African film available on Netflix, has earned worldwide acclaim and has been dubbed a “must-watch” due to its outstanding performances and compelling storyline. The thriller follows a detective who strikes up a friendship with an unlikely partner – a serial murderer who is meticulously hunting down the perpetrators of a powerful child-trafficking ring.
Although a work of fiction, the film is based on the actual narrative of two South African girls, their families, and their experiences. Hlubi Mboya-Turner portrays one of the main characters, Ntombizonke, a detective. She felt it was necessary to tell the tale because human trafficking is a crime with a meagre conviction rate. The film also emphasises the quality of the South African film industry.
Hlubi Mboya-Turner expressed how much she appreciates her input, raising awareness and discussing topics rarely spoken about. “Artists are here to disrupt the peace,” she quoted Madonna. The film deals with a complex subject. The production team had to conduct extensive research.
‘I Am All Girls’ has exposed many societal injustices, including human trafficking. The film was shot in Durban; since the harbour is where victims are imported and exported, it is a focal point of attention and plight. Cape Town, too, being harbours and ports. Human trafficking is rife in South Africa. This movie just unveiled what is going on right beneath our noses, what is going on directly next door.
Because Covid has left so many people unemployed in South Africa, it has catapulted it to a new degree and level. So it is not a coincidence that the film is being released and shown at this particular time.