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Overall A

As a five-year-old, Saroo (Sunny Pawer) was lost from his family in India. Adopted by an Australian couple (played by Nicole Kidman and David Denham), the boy grew to a man (now played by Dev Patel), yet the memories of his first family still haunted him. Against all odds, he now sets out to find his way back to his childhood home.

Violence B-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity A-
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality.

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What reason might there be for a couple to adopt children from another country? What was the reason Saroo’s mother adopted him? What risks are involved in taking in children who might experience cultural differences and/or emotionally scarring memories? What are the rewards?

How was Saroo’s early childhood different than those experienced by youngsters growing up in a first world country? How might the extra responsibility and independence of his poor rural home have helped him when he found himself alone in strange city? Although his situation was very unusual, what information or skills might be helpful for children to know if they were to become separated from their family?

Google Earth provides photographs of much of the planet’s surface and allows users to explore the world. How does this amazing tool help Saroo? What might you be able to do with this computer application?

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