More than movie magic: How ‘Lion’ integrates Google Earth in its stirring story

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Technology may be the scourge that drives humans apart, but the new film Lion takes a different tack. 

In the Oscar-hopeful film — based on a true story — Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel) is separated from his mother and brother and ends up traveling across India by train. He’s adopted by an Australian couple and, 25 years later, uses Google Earth to try and find his home and his family.

To give the most possible accuracy to Brierley’s search, Google Earth partnered with the filmmakers to make the Internet visuals as accurate as possible.

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