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'They Have Names': Documentary Highlights Shortcomings In Arizona's Child Welfare System

Mary Jo Pitzl has been covering challenges in the state child welfare system since 2013.

The Arizona Republic reporter has seen personally how gaps in accountability and government resources have deeply impacted countless families as well as caseworkers. Now, she wants to share that with you, not through her writing alone, but through film.

With the help of her colleague videographer David Wallace, Pitzl has spent the last year and a half working on a documentary they’re calling “They Have Names.”

The Show sat down with her ahead of the release, and asked about the name: what it means and where it came from.

“They Have Names” debuted in front of a sold-out audience at Crescent Ballroom on Monday night, but there's still a chance to see the film. A second screening is now scheduled for Dec. 3.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.