There are real monsters in this world. I am not talking about demons or the boogeyman of horror films and books, I am talking about humans who prey on the innocent. I Am All Girls is a true story about real monsters…and it is more frightening than any vampire or werewolf story…because it is true.
I Am All Girls
I Am All Girls is a 2021 South African mystery thriller based on a true story. It is directed by Donovan Marsh, and written by Wayne Fitzjohn and Marcell Greeff. It stars Erica Wessels, Hlubi Mboya, Deon Lotz, and Mothusi Magano. The story follows Special Investigator, Jodie Snyman (Erica Wessels) as she tracks down the human traffickers of young children who have been kidnapped from their families.
This is a very hard film to watch because we see how the traffickers first initiate the innocents into the sex trade before shipping them out to a wealthy Arab. Snyman has a capable sidekick to help track down the traffickers, but what Snyman doesn’t realize is that Natombizonke (Hlubi Mboya) has a special interest in bringing down one of the nastiest of the traffickers…Nolte (Deon Lotz).
Nolte is untouchable because he is a cabinet member of the National Party, but Natombizonke knows this bastard well. As a ten-year-old, Natombizonke (Leshego Mofokwane) was kidnapped and forced to work the brothels until one of the female guards took pity on her and helped her with her education. Years later Natombizonke is able to get a job with the Department that tracks and arrests traffickers.
Tracking and saving the children who are being trafficked is a frustrating job because the traffickers have the money and power to outrun the law, plus they have the protection of evil men in the government. The situation soon changes in favor of Snyman’s work. Someone is killing known pedophiles that are connected to the trafficking trade. When Jodie realizes that the killer might be working in her department…Jodie must make a choice. I guarantee that the action and suspense in this film will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Hlubi Mboya and Erica Wessels are absolutely stunning in this film…but it is Hlubi’s character that keeps us glued to the story even though this film is painful to watch. I Am All Girls reveals the dirty secret of the human trafficking of children with compassion.
I mentioned that the film is based on the true story of trafficker Gert Van Rooyen, but you might be asking yourself just how widespread is human trafficking? I had to research human trafficking years ago for my sci-fi series, Roof Oasis. There is no country that is free from human trafficking. It is a bigger business than drugs or guns, and the United States is one of the biggest consumers of human trafficking following Pakistan, Thailand, China, India and Bangladesh.
I love horror, and if you have been following my posts on Biff Bam Pop!, you will see that I love my monsters. If there is a zombie, vampire, werewolf, or demon film to watch, Andy Burns knows who to assign the review… but it is the human monsters that keep me up at night. Check out I Am All Girls on Netflix.