Frequently Asked Questions
The MISSING game is part of a bigger campaign called the MISSING public art and awareness campaign. Around 2 or 3 years ago, Leena found that her artwork was all consumed by the issue of trafficking and she decided to move into a public art space. It was then that she created her public artwork MISSING, which is a silhouette of a girl set against the sky, larger than life, like black holes into which millions of girls disappear from the face of the earth. Aside from this she decided to extend her public engagement with and a do-it-yourself kit which is available on MISSING’s website where anybody who cries abolitionists can take down the stencil of the same silhouette and surround their spaces like schools, colleges, neighborhoods with it. The MISSING game too is another public engagement tool.Last updated:
MISSING began with a crowdfunding campaign for an augmented reality app. However, after some brainstorming, artist and activist, Leena Kejriwal believed that an augmented reality app would still be limited in its ability to engage the public. It would firstly, be limited in its reach and possibly something one would not be likely to revisit. That led Leena and the team at MISSING into further research which resulted in the creation of a Game for Change.
“I thought a game would be an excellent way to engage the public as it would be immersive, and more powerful than just going and watching a film. In a film you watch a story play out while in this game you would be playing as the main protagonist by getting into the shoes of a trafficked victim, you would be responsible for her future and experience her helplessness and frustration first hand” - Leena.Last updated:
MISSING is taking this game one step further primarily because of the overwhelming response we received after the launch of the first game. The initial game, MISSING Game for a Cause was a shorter gameplay intended to be put through schools and NGO’s for students to play and raise their awareness level, which we released for free on iOS and Android. What we didn’t expect was that the whole world would start playing it. In just 9 short months the game has received ½ a million organic downloads, and is being played in 70 countries across the globe. Further the reviews, and the response have been so positive that, we at MISSING, realized this was a very important space which should be addressed again with a longer, more immersive game play that tells you the whole story of a trafficking survivor’s life, not just her escape. MISSING: The Complete Saga starts from the protagonist, Champa’s, childhood to her life as a survivor and the trials she faces even after her return home.Last updated:
How Have You Gone About Ensuring that the Themes and Ideas in the Game are Respectable Towards the Victims of Human Trafficking?
“For me, even in the initial game, it was very important that the story was very true. For that reason I took my game designers Satyajit to meet survivors, to the village where we work* at the ground level where there are girls who are going missing, I took him to meet a survivor and somebody who used to have to prostitute herself and now she can talk about her life after in the red light areas of Calcutta. I made him walk into red lights that he had never walked into before. It was very important for me that he understands the space that we were talking about – the innocence of the girls who fall prey to traffickers and the total frustration or the choicelessness of the girl within the red light. It was very important the game not be voyeuristic or graphic in any way and we followed that brief and that’s why, I believe the MISSING game has turned out to be very true to the space and we are happy with the way it went.” - Leena
* MISSING works at the grassroot level in rural West Bengal, which is at the thick of the trafficking belt in India. It is estimated that in 2016, 42% of all trafficking cases in India were based in West Bengal. MISSING works in this highly vulnerable area to spread awareness through school awareness programs with public schools as well as through a livelihood center to provide support and training to survivors of trafficking and other girls who are vulnerable to trafficking.Last updated:
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