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"When he was five, he fell asleep on a train and ended up 1,000 miles from home. His journey from Indian street-child to adopted Australian is now the subject of an Oscar-tipped film. Here he and his biological mother talk about their reunion."
"From the moment Larry Buttrose heard the story about Saroo Brierley, he knew what a remarkable one it was.
Mr Brierley's story about survival and belonging was co-written with Dr Buttrose in the 2013 book A Long Way Home and this year brought to screens in the Hollywood film Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman."
This article from Psychology Today discusses the portrayals of adoptive & birth parents in both Lion and the memoir it is based on, A Long Way Home.
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
"Post-colonial theory sounds like something best left in a textbook, but in the context of a film industry that still limits characters of colour to sidekicks and stereotypes, it is worthy of broader discussion. Post-colonial films address the issues and ongoing effects of colonialism."
A great introduction to postcolonial theory that explains what it is and why it is relevant to film and literature studies.
Video: Saroo Brierley: "The Real-Life Subject of 'Lion'" | Talks at Google
To complement the release of Lion on Google Play, Saroo Brierley joins Director of Engineering, Google Maps Australia, Casey Whitelaw at the Google Sydney office for a 1-hour Fireside chat to explore Saroo’s journey, digital mapping and our understanding of home.
When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pour over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for. Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.
Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.
A remarkably warm-hearted, uplifting and inspiring story of one boy's survival against the odds.
Abdi's world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia's vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and effectively an orphan, he fled with some sixty others,heading to Kenya. On the way, death squads hunted them and they daily faced violence, danger and starvation. After almost four months, they arrived at refugee camps in Kenya - of the group he'd set out with, only five had survived.
Video: A Long Way Home - presented by Saroo Brierley at Real Big Things #3
Saroo Brierley tells the incredible story of finding his Indian mother, 25 years after being adopted by a Tasmanian family. He talks openly and honestly about his ordeal as a lost five year old, his adoption, and his long, arduous, and eventually successful search for his Indian family using the only tool he had available: Google Earth.