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Documentary opens eyes to slave trade

Published 9:28am Friday, November 15, 2013

“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.

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 firsthand 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 and Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.

Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing.

There is a sea of change happening in human rights activism. The world’s issues cannot be solved alone by governments and nonprofits, but require community-based participation. As a feature film, “Call+Response” has the unique position of being not only a groundbreaking genre-bending film but also serves as a deft tool in the hands of 21st century abolitionists. We provide activists with tactile strategic online and mobile tools to fight slavery every day. We believe this is a fight that must be won with passion, innovation and commitment.

The film is to be shown 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.


Taryn Israel Nechanicky
Albert Lea

  • stardust

    One method of ending wage slavery is for people to end patronage of Slavemart. AL is filled with owners of sweatshop slaves.

  • Angry1

    Well Patrick………….That is an interesting and unusual statement to make care to provide some proof that “AL is filled with owners of sweatshop slaves” it seems that your statement detracts from the letter writers intent to highlight abuses in other countries.

  • stardust

    When a society becomes infested with people who either deny or fail to envision consequences for personal behavior(a nice way of saying “idiots”)that society earns every misery it encounters.

    There are many many Randys of the world whose imaginations fail to link their behavior as sweatshop slave owners by proxy. Lack of imagination or ignorance is their default for immoral behavior. Par for the course in AL.

  • Angry1

    Sooo……. society is “infested” with people who won’t comply or don’t see “the vision” of patrick of Albert Lea, because of their differing views or actions you chastise them as immoral therefore they lack imagination.

    By what right do you pass judgement on your fellow human why are you superior to them based solely on your ideological belief you want equal results regardless of the amount of work invested or risk taken.

    Pat I hear Venezuela may be more to your liking it’s nice this time of year check it out, but take your own toilet paper they have toilet paper shortage I guess communism stinks.

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  • stardust

    Slavemart shoppers support communist/facist/totalitarian dictators and their sweatshops with each purchase. It is slave ownership by proxy. Cleverly hidden, but yet a crime against humanity. All the religious hymns & prayers & absolution within church walls do not erase the crime, only cover it up with self-generated delusion & hypocrasy.

    Was that Jesus I saw buying sweatshop products? Naw, just another materialistic consumer portraying righteousness.