Lifetime has announced Garcelle Beauvais will star in and executive produce the upcoming film, Black Girl Missing. Iyana Halley and Taylor Mosby also star.
The film, which is a part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign, highlights the disparity in treatment of missing Black women by the media and law enforcement.
Inspired by actual stories of missing women of color, Black Girl Missing sees Beauvais star as Cheryl, a mother whose daughter is missing, only for law enforcement and media to dismiss her as a runaway while focusing heavily on another missing girl who is white.
“When Cheryl gets into an argument with her daughter Lauren over her desire to drop out of college, she initially thinks Lauren is simply ignoring her calls and texts, but Cheryl soon realizes Lauren is missing. While she attempts to get help from authorities and the media, they quickly dismiss the case, labeling Lauren as a runaway while they are all too consumed with another case – that of a missing white girl,” the synopsis reads. “Desperate to find Lauren, Cheryl and her 15-year-old daughter Marley enlist the help of a dedicated community of amateur internet sleuths to try to find Lauren. Cheryl also discovers the Black and Missing Foundation and is horrified to discover the disparity in how missing persons of color cases are treated with significant lack of media attention and law enforcement resources.”
Aside from Beauvais, Halley and Mosby, Black Girl Missing also stars Linda Park as Elise, a news reporter who goes against the orders of her superiors to help Cheryl find her missing daughter.
Lifetime will debut the special, Beyond the Headlines: Black Girl Missing, as a companion to the movie. It will follow true stories of black and missing women featuring interviews with their families and Black and Missing Foundations’s involvement in the cases.
Black Girl Missing premieres Saturday, March 4th at 8/7c.