The Sound of Freedom brings the Darkness to Light
I thought I was impervious to these feelings. My 22-year-old tender heart, which was so gripped by stories of trafficked children, that it moved to the action of making a career out of supporting them, was accessed again, two decades later.
In the middle of a hot summer day, I walked into the cool, dark theater, here on a work assignment. It seemed simple enough: Watch the newly released Sound of Freedom film, document my impressions and share them in a post.
I think I’m used to the narrative: A white male, with the means and the brawn, rescues suffering children. That was the narrative I expected. It wasn’t so far-fetched, because the lead character has white skin and the prominent role I remember him for was playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. Well, let’s just say it was a setup for expecting that stereotype on screen. I hate that this narrative denies, or at minimum, overlooks, that survivors are the heroes of their own stories, as they clearly are in this film.
But in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” And the fact that this film is a fictionalized account of a true story furthers its ability to provide a glimpse into a world that we know exists OUT THERE, but remains cloaked in denial, secrecy and a belief that only certain heroes have the ability to act and make changes.
Is the film worth seeing? Yes. Yes. And Yes. Please go and see it. Then let me know what you think. Because the more we talk about this insidious, loathsome darkness, the more you, your neighbor and the world at large will be forced to acknowledge it and choose whether they will become the light that will help overcome it once and for all. Reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Anti-Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence
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