Showtime’s Murder in Big Horn | Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin on Capturing the Crime Epidemic

Murder in Big Horn

For the past 200 years, the United States has turned nearly a blind eye toward the expanding crime epidemic of the disappearances and murders of young Native American women in America. Directors Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin capture the stories from the perspectives of the families and law enforcement in the three-part documentary Murder in Big Horn.

Here is the full synopsis:

Murder in Big Horn investigates the disappearances and possible murders of a group of Native American women in rural Montana. Within the last decade, dozens of young Indigenous women and girls from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Nations have been murdered or have gone missing from Big Horn County and its surrounding area; arrests are rare in these cases and convictions virtually non-existent. When grieving Native families press law enforcement for answers, they are met with either indifference or silence.

Elsewhere in America, these crimes would have shocked a community and the nation. National media would have picked up the story. But outside of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations, it barely registers, leaving a bereft circle of family, friends, and activists on their own, fighting for justice.

This harrowing three-part series examines the circumstances around each disappearance, the searches for the missing, the details of these deeply problematic law enforcement responses, and the challenges of bringing perpetrators to justice. The series also reveals the historical forces at play that make Native American women some of the most vulnerable people in the country, not just in Big Horn County.

Told solely through the perspectives of those involved—Native families, local Native journalists, and local law enforcement—what emerges is a powerful portrait of tribal members and their community battling an epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW) that was set in motion almost 200 years ago.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with directors Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin about crafting the stories from differing perspectives, the history, and pushing for justice.

Murder in Big Horn premieres on Showtime on February 5th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. All episodes are available to stream beginning February 3.

Watch the exclusive interview with Razelle Benally and Matthew Galkin below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Showtime

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