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Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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Garth Davis
Luke Davies
Writer of original material
Saroo Brierley
Emile Sherman  Iain Canning  Angie Fielder
Executive Producers
Bob Weinstein  David Glasser  Andrew Fraser  Shahen Mekertichian  Daniel Levin  Harvey Weinstein
Dir. of Photography
Greig Fraser
Hauschka  Dustin O’Halloran
Alexandre de Franceschi ASE
Production Designer
Chris Kennedy
Dev Patel - Nicole Kidman - Rooney Mara - David Wenham - Nawazuddin Siddiqui - Priyanka Bose - Tannishtha Chatterjee - Deepti Naval - Sunny Pawar
Production Completion
Production Company
See-Saw Films Pty Ltd  See-Saw Productions Pty Ltd  Sunstar Entertainment Pty Ltd  Aquarius Films Pty Ltd
Australian Sales
Transmission Films Pty Limited
International Sales
Spyglass Entertainment

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