Netflix’s documentary about Madeleine McCann misses the point


Gabby Lancaster

Netflix’s new documentary titled “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann,” that aired March 15, featured no new facts or perspectives and simply retold the traumatizing story that the world became infatuated with.   
Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bed on May 3, 2007 when she was only three years old.  McCann was on vacation with her family at a well-known resort in Portugal, Praia da Luz, and she had been left sleeping with her siblings in their hotel room while their parents and their friends enjoyed dinner at a restaurant that was only 180 ft. away.  
McCann’s parents didn’t want to wake their sleeping children and instead chose to take turns checking on them every 20 minutes.  During one of the 20 minute intervals, McCann was stolen from her bed and has yet to be found. Her kidnapping would become the most heavily reported missing-person case in history.  
Netflix’s long awaited documentary hoped to bring new insight on the case and spread awareness of the tragedy of McCann and her family.  Unfortunately, the eight-part series only presented old facts and theories. The documentary is a summary of the events that occurred on the McCann’s holiday.  
The documentary featured investigators who have been working on the case for over 10 years, and guests that were also staying at the same resort as the McCanns.  However, Netflix didn’t manage to include McCann’s parents, Gerry and Kate, despite asking them to participate. Instead, they made a public statement explaining their decision.
We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it. Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme,” McCann’s parents said.  
Unfortunately, Madeleine McCann has not been seen in 12 years but the investigation is still occurring.  No official conclusions have been drawn, but there are theories and speculations that Netflix’s documentary explained and rehashed.  The documentary failed to provide plausible facts and instead proved to be more about entertainment than about Madeleine McCann.