March 18, 2013
A filmmaker desperate to reunite with his abducted daughter has made a movie he hopes will inspire her to find him a decade after she was taken away.
Brozzi Lunetta has been searching for his 11-year-old daughter Reya since she was abducted by her mother Camilla Ellefsen, 40, as a baby during a bitter custody dispute in 2002, the Herald Sun reports.
After more than 10 years searching and failed attempts by Australian authorities to track the pair down, Mr Lunetta has made the feature film “Reya” so that “my daughter can find me”.
“It’s my way to use a fictional tale to get the story out there again, to remind people that my daughter is still missing,” Mr Lunetta told News Limited.
“Perhaps if we could get Camilla’s face out there it would lead to new information.”
The film is about an investigator who comes to believe a 20-year-old murder victim is his daughter who disappeared 20 years earlier.
Many actors including Yohanna Idha, who won best actress at the Stockholm International Film Festival in 2011, worked on the project for free.
Reya was abducted while in the US and taken to Norway and India before entering Australia through Perth on a Norwegian passport in February 2004.
Mr Lunetta, an American filmmaker who has since re-married, believes his daughter Reya is currently living with her fugitive mother in south-east Queensland.
Both mother and child currently remain listed as missing by the Family Childrens Court of Australia after numerous reported sightings since 2004.
Australian Federal Police came under criticism in 2010 after a bungled raid on a northern NSW home where Ms Ellefsen was believed to be hiding out allowed her to slip through the net.
Police now say the girl has been removed from Australia and taken back to Norway – a claim Mr Lunetta disputes.
“There were tonnes of proof that she entered Australia from India into Perth but there’s no proof whatsoever that she left,” he said.
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