21 November 2008


I know nothing about musician Justin Dillon except that he's made a film on the pervasive problem of human trafficking - slavery. No big budget, no massive advert campaign. So here is the self-description and the link to his web page.

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 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Luminaries on the issue such as Cornell 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.

Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornell 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 non-profits, but require community-based participation. As a feature film, CALL+RESPONSE has the unique position of being not only a ground-breaking genre-bending film, but due to the fact that this project was funded completely through donations, it operates as a powerful movement with 100% of profits going to fund global field projects on the front lines of this issue.

CALL+RESPONSE is creating interactive field projects for each aspect of human slavery: sex slavery, labor slavery, child soldiers and child slavery. All profits from the use of the film, dvd, soundtrack, itunes downloads will be directed, by the viewers, to these projects with clear start and finish points (ie a landrover for a child soldier rehab camp, sewing machines for a after-care training facility). Our goal is to fund and celebrate completed projects together in community. We are closing the loop by allowing viewers to become participants in the solution.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got through Misha Glenny's disturbing new book: McMafia. Apparently, 20% of global GDP is produced by black market activity. Human trafficking is a major component of that, along with counterfeit goods, weapons, and drugs. Scary stuff.

22 November, 2008 03:04  
Blogger VQ Bubba said...

It would be nice to be able to add a comment here that started, "Obviously, this is a terrible blight..." but the lack of international attention to the problem of human trafficking makes it a much less obvious problem than it needs to be.

Although the following comment may get me ejected from your 'living room', it is noteworthy that one of the luminaries mentioned in your post, Nicholas Kristoff, went out of his way to commend the Bush administration on their attention to this issue (http://www.humantrafficking.org/updates/348).
I make the comment as a government employee who was required to undergo training on trafficking in persons and saw how the training brought at least a minimal awareness of the issue to a broad cross section of Americans.

22 November, 2008 17:12  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Not obvious at all Matt. Thanks for the comment. I my self was actually more suspicious of Madelaine Albright as a participant. One does not make it to the position of Secretary of State by attending to moral, political or legal niceties.

D. Hope you are well. Thanks for the reading suggestion!

23 November, 2008 10:00  

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