Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2001

Festival to help fund search for 6-year-old

May 3, 2001

Sharon Sullivan, Kansas University lecturer in theater and film and women's studies, is among faculty and students who have organized the Miranda Film Festival to raise money to help find former Eudora resident Tara Budiman's daughter, Miranda.

The festival will present five lesbian films from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 3139 Wescoe Hall, Lawrence.

The film festival is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.

Budiman believes her ex-husband, Iwan Budiman, kidnapped Miranda when the girl was four, and is thought to be holding the child in Indonesia. Private investigators, calls to his family and an international crime alert from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation haven't brought Miranda home.

Budiman said she would like to use money from the film festival to hire a private investigator to follow Iwan Budiman's sister in the days leading up to Miranda's May 17 birthday, when the family might have a birthday party.

Budiman has not seen her daughter since Oct. 31, 1998.

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