In Lion, five-year-old Saroo finds himself alone and travelling on the wrong train away from his home in northern India. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, dodging all sorts of terrors in the process. Eventually ending up in an orphanage, Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds safety and love as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he buries his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his secret yearnings. With just a small store of memories, and the help of some newly-developed satellite-imaging technology, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.
Adapted from the incredible true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.
Directed by Garth Davis and Produced with Angie Fielder of Aquarius Films.
To understand how audiences can best make an impact around this powerful film, Picture Motion conducted in-depth research, facilitated conversations with U.S.-based and international organizations, and analyzed feedback from both community organizers based in India as well as and global issue-area experts to deliver a Landscape Report. This report is a road map for an engagement campaign that will hopefully take place through the fall and winter 2016.