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Aneesh Chaganty
USA 2018 / 101’
Nina Shoplifters

David is a single father who devotes his life to frantic search for his teenage daughter when she stops responding to his text messages and does not answer his phone-calls. 'Searching…' is the phrase we see on her laptop screen repeatedly when he breaks into her computer and social media and starts his private investigation. Clearly he hardly knew his beloved daughter, her friends and lifestyle. As it is the case in all great crime stories the officials and cops turn out to be more of a hindrance and nuisance than help. What really assists his search is: Facebook, YouTube, surveillance cameras, GPS and other technologies and devices, even though the traces they offer are sometimes misleading as well. This first feature by Aneesh Chaganty, awarded at Sundance, is a true neo noir thriller as much as a reflection on social relationships in the #metoo era as well as a statement about the ubiquity of technology around us. In this formally daring movie everything we see is mediated through a screen: of a phone, computer, tv or a camera.

Urszula Śniegowska


Sundance FF 2018 - Audience Award Best of Next!

Aneesh Chaganty

Filmmaker and admaker, previously working for Google, lives in Los Angeles. His 2 minute short film, Seeds, became an internet sensation after garnering a million YouTube views in 24 hours. Awarded at Sundance Searching is his third feature.


2011 Alibi

2012 Adventure, Wisconsin

2017 Searching

Cast & Crew

director Aneesh Chaganty
screenplay Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
cinematography Juan Sebastian Baron
editing Nicholas D. Johnson, Will Merrick
music Torin Borrowdale
cast John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La
producer Timur Bekmambetov, Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian, Adam Sidman
production Bazelevs Entertainment
Polish distributor UIP
language English
colouration colour