On October 17, 1974, 12 year old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her next door neighbor and parents' best friend. Abducted In Plain Sight is a feature length documentary about the stranger-than-fiction, true story of the Brobergs; an Idaho family who fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.
The film tells the story of one family’s struggle with desire, deceit, faith and forgiveness. The Brobergs' troubling admissions reveal epic failures and untold personal dramas that point to the biggest tragedy of all – that these crimes could have been prevented.
In production for nearly 3 years, Abducted In Plain Sight filmed the interviews in HD, but utilized 8mm film for all of the re-creations.
During the course of production, the team was also able to acquire documents from the FBI including court transcripts, original reports and multiple audio recordings. This was critical to telling the constantly evolving story.
The editing process was equally intense. Establishing an accurate timeline and weaving together the various elements of story was an arduous, but incredibly satisfying journey.
Our hope with this film is to start the conversation. So often the hard topics are also the silent topics - so sexual and mental abuse continue. We want to show one families experience with sexual abuse so that other families may recognize similar signs and remove themselves and their children from harms way.