Monday, September 13, 2010

Virginia Stop Modern Slavery: Screening of the film Call and Response

Virginia Stop Modern Slavery

Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia - Stop Modern Slavery

What: Screening of the film Call and Response

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:30 PM

Where: Verizon Auditorium, Occoquan Building
George Mason University, Prince William Campus 10900 University Boulevard
Manassas, VA 20109

We are excited that VASMS, in collaboration with George Mason University and the local interfaith group Unity in the Community, will be screening the film Call and Response as part of the Immigration and Human Rights Cinema series. The film will be shown in the beautiful Verizon Auditorium at the Prince William Campus in Manassas, VA. The film will be followed by a Q&A period where VASMS will have a guest speaker to lead the post discussion (guest speaker TBD)

The film CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world's 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks
combined. CALL+RESPONSE’s chilling undercover footage, stunning performances and life-changing interviews exposes audiences to the world of modern day slavery. 

CALL+RESPONSE is proof that anyone can help create a movement. A musician his entire life, Director/Producer Justin Dillon came across the issue of Human Trafficking while touring in Russia. Justin met scores of girls whose ambition to come to west was being preyed upon by traffickers. The young girl assigned to interpret for him would share about the many “opportunities” that were being offered to her to come to west. Justin looked into the phoney opportunities being offered to these girls and became incensed at how easy it was to trick them. After sharing with them the dangers of these proposals, he vowed to do something about this issue once he returned home. When he returned to the United States, Justin Dillon had no connections or leverage within the entertainment industry to enlist participation, so he began cold calling managers and agents. He sent an email through Daryl Hannah’s website (an activist on this issue) and she responded back immediately. Without any funding or experience in film, Justin began to gather support. Recording artists began to accept his persistent petition that popular music owes a debt to the issue of slavery. Justin’s belief that most of popular music today is rooted in the music of the slave fields in America began to take root in other artists, and the roster began to build and build.

Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.

Call + Response has created the Fair Trade Fund to help support non-profit organizations such as Not for Sale, International Justice Mission, Giving Children Hope and Free the Slaves. The fund drives projects whose purpose is to abolish each aspect of human slavery including sex slavery, labor slavery, child soldiers and child slavery. All profits from the use of the Call + Response film, DVD, soundtrack, and iTunes downloads is directed, by the film viewers, to these projects.

What is being said about the film? Here are just a few reviews.

“harrowing… a documentary with its heart and outrage in the right place…” -Washington Post

“vivid and affecting…[a] call-to-action voice against a worsening global scourge.” -Los Angeles Times

“this year’s most important film” -Paste Magazine

"remarkably informative … succeeds in its aim to raise awareness of a genuinely disturbing issue.” -Variety

The film and guests will be introduced at 6:30p.m. and the film runs about an hour and a half. Q&A to start around 8:15p.m. and continue for about an hour. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Verizon Auditorium, Occoquan Building (300 person capacity)
George Mason University, Prince William Campus
10900 University Boulevard
Manassas, VA 20110-2203

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