A photographer in Kolkata, home of Asia's biggest red light district travels to a village the heartland of child trafficking. Assisted by two village girls they discover a trail of missing girls to uncover the subcontinent's darkest secret.
Every year in India 1.8 million minor girls are abducted and trafficked into the sex trade. Missing is a visual essay through the lens of a photographer who has made the issue of child trafficking a passion project. Helped by two young village girls, Leena Kejriwal stumbles onto a trail of disappearing girls and intriguing clues that point to a trafficking racket in a border village caught amidst shifting tides... Portraits of love, loss and absence that transform the surreal landscape into a haunting reality of one of India's best kept secrets.
Founder, director of Filament Pictures. Following her post-graduation from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi she worked for two years as a correspondent with CNBC. Founded her Mumbai based production house in 2005 and has primarily focused on character driven factual narratives exploring social realities. Her films have been theatrically released as well as broadcast on channels like BBC, National Geographic Channel, DR, YLE and Al Jazeera. The Rat Race is her first independent creative documentary. Winner of the Mipdoc Co production Challenge 2010, Cannes, supported by the IDFA-Bertha Fund 2011 and official selection at IDFA 2011. Her more recent work is Lyari Notes an Indo- Pak co production about a music school run by a Pakistani rockstar. The film was nominated for awards at IDFA and Sheffield.
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