Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
From the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India, filmmaker Justin Dillon travels the globe to shed light on a simple but shocking fact: there are more slaves in the early-21st century than at any other point in human history. In 2007 alone, slave traders drew a bigger profit than Nike, Google, and Starbucks combined, and now a variety of luminaries including Daryl Hannah, Madeleine Albright, Julia Ormond, and Ashley Judd are doing their best to make the entire world aware of this deplorable fact. Dr. Cornel West draws parallels between the music of the American slaves and the chart-topping hits of today, with performances by such artists as Moby, Switchfoot, Five for Fighting, and Matisyahu, among others, transforming these chilling facts about slavery into motivation for preventing it from flourishing in the future. Community-based participation is key to eradicating the modern-day slave trade, and the aim of this production is to encourage average viewers to become active participants in the solution.
activism, musician, slavery