“Black, female, lesbian, working-class: “It was the perfect storm of their multiple identities,” says dorosh-walther. “The prosecutor and judge and police just didn’t believe the women.” Nor did the media: “The first article that really hit me was The New York Times’ article [“Man Is Stabbed in Attack After Admiring a Stranger”]…This isn’t a tabloid paper. It’s a national paper. It’s one of the more reputable papers. Why was he an admirer? What man is an admirer to a woman that he doesn’t know on the street at 2 a.m.?” Then again, the Times’ misleading headline seems tame when compared with increasingly sensational ones in the months following: “Girls Gone Wilding,” “Lesbian Gang Epidemic?” and “Attack of the Killer Lesbians.”
While the film’s representations of the machinations of the media and the intricacies of the legal system are equal parts compelling and horrifying, the portraits dorosh-walther paints of each of these women are the most striking element of the film. Comfortable in their skin and profoundly genuine, all four women light up the screen, the accounts of their experience so deeply honest and unadulterated that it’s easy to imagine, when they turn to the camera, that they’re speaking frankly with a good friend. And no wonder: dorosh-walther spent seven years wrapped up in these women’s lives. That kind of dedication shows.”