Sound of Freedom is based on the true story of a federal agent who journeys into the darkest of places to rescue one girl from child traffickers.
Sound of Freedom shines a light on even the darkest of places. After rescuing a young boy from ruthless child traffickers, a federal agent learns the boy’s sister is still captive and decides to embark on a dangerous mission to save her. With time running out, he quits his job and journeys deep into the Colombian jungle, putting his life on the line to free her from a fate worse than death.
Sound of Freedom stars Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, The Count of Monte Cristo, Frequency, Deja Vu), Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (The Final Cut, Psych, After Ever Happy), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave, The Queen’s Gambit, Joker), José Zúñiga (Twilight, Madam Secretary, American Crime Story.
The film is directed by Alejandro Monteverde (Little Boy, Bella) written by Alejandro Monteverde and Rod Barr, and produced by Eduardo Verástegui (Unplanned, Son of God, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2).
“Sound of Freedom is respectfully and stunningly filmed, based on real events of undercover heroes bringing hope to many,” said Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios. “This film will keep audiences on the edge of their seats with suspense and encourage all of us to take action”.
“I am so proud to be a part of this impactful film,” said Jim Caviezel, who portrays the lead. “In fact, I’d say this is the second most important film I’ve done after The Passion of the Christ.”
IMPORTANCE OF RAISING AWARENESS
Human Trafficking has been an existing problem that has not been talked about enough. The revenue it generates is an incentive for its perpetrators to silence any discussion on the topic. It’s not surprising that many people are not aware of the depts of this problem. It’s not only about males and females but the largest market is child trafficking for sexual exploitation, slave labor, and organ harvesting.
Sexual exploitation goes beyond just the sexual act to the filming of it and profiting from that. Many would not admit how the digital porn industry has contributed to the rise of child trafficking, and how the lack of effective and efficient migration laws makes it much easier for traffickers to do business.
Since the story is way too important to be shelved Angel Studios made an effort to get the film in U.S. theaters and let those that cannot afford to pay a ticket go see it for free with their “Pay it Forward” crowdfunding initiative. Their goal is to have 2 million people in the U.S. watch the movie on the opening weekend to represent the 2 million children trafficked. The campaign is titled #2MillionFor2Million.
Jim Caviezel plays Tim Ballard, and the film is based on one of his many operations. Changes have been made to the original story for cinematic purposes. In an interview, Eduardo tells the story of how Jim’s wife requested more security during the filming in Colombia. While filming there was a similar story of what they were filming shown in the news. Turns out the extra security came to do the undercover operation in Colombia and rescued a large group of children.
OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit organization, is leading the fight against sex trafficking and sexual exploitation with four bold strategies.
Their work has no boundaries- we go to the darkest corners of the world to assist law enforcement in rescuing children and ensure ongoing aftercare. They provide critical resources to law enforcement and preventative efforts that benefit at-risk children worldwide. Their resolve never falters, and we will faithfully persevere until every child is safe. Tim Ballard is the founder of Operation Underground Railroad.
Tim Ballard spent more than a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. He has worked in that role and has seen every type of case in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. He’s worked in the United States and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. He has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued children from slavery and exploitation.
While working for the government, Ballard saw how much more is needed in the fight against child trafficking and exploitation across the world. In 2013, he and a team of former government operatives left the security of their careers to accomplish the work of rescuing children as a private foundation – Operation Underground Railroad. At O.U.R., Tim has created a team that can work in any jurisdiction and in conjunction with law enforcement to rescue children directly. That team exists today and operates all over the world.
People can help O.U.R by offering general donations, making donations for specific operations, becoming a monthly donor, volunteer, hosting or attending a O.U.R event, or starting a fundraiser. They also have an online store with merch made by survivors.
Angel Studios, the platform empowering filmmakers with full creative control to crowdfund, create, and distribute films is behind the film Sound of Freedom, released in theaters nationwide on July 4, 2023. The film is based on a true story of one man’s heroic efforts as he embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue children from human traffickers.
Angel Studios is the home of stories that amplify light. Through its platform, tens of thousands of “Angel” investors choose which titles the studio will create, fund, and distribute. Angel Studios allows creators and audiences to form passionate communities around their creative projects, making the story behind the story as important as the final project itself. The studios’ first projects—The Chosen and Dry Bar Comedy—have earned billions of views around the world. Learn more at Angel.com
HOW TO SUPPORT SOUND OF FREEDOM
BUY A TICKET
As an independent film, it is important to show that there is interest in watching Sound of Freedom to secure screenings. Buying tickets in advance will help and show that the audience is interested in the project.
Usually, the big Hollywood studios reserve the screenings for their projects but if their projects don’t sell then there is an opening to show other films. The film is first showing in theaters in the U.S. and will probably be on streaming platforms later. As of date, many theaters are sold out. Keep buying tickets and demand to watch the movie in theaters.
Buy your Ticket at www.angel.com/tickets/sound-of-freedom
Using patent-pending technology Angel Studios developed for its original series “The Chosen,” fans can “Pay it Forward” by buying Sound of Freedom movie tickets for other Americans who can’t afford it to watch for free. Pay it forward details can be found here: Angel.com/sof
As of July 5th, 2023, the Pay it Forward crowdfunding initiative #2MillionFor2Million has 1,338,54 tickets sold. Let’s help make it happen!
Fans can also help promote the movie. The studio created media kits for the movie and the #2MillionFor2Million campaign to help standardize the promotion of the film in English and Spanish. Fans will find posters, stills, trailers, clips, hashtags, and more information on how to promote the movie.
Further independent artists and musicians have the option to become part of the film’s soundtrack. and fans can support the songs on their favorite streaming platform. Go to angel.com/songsoffreedom to learn more.
“Sound of Freedom” the Official Anthem of the movie is written & recorded by Justin Jesso and is available on all music streaming platforms. Estela Monteverde sings the female version of the song.
I hope that the film becomes so successful in the U.S., and popular on social media that the distributors would consider showing it in theaters worldwide before releasing it on streaming platforms. I believe it is an important story that should be watched on the big screen, and it is a much-needed contrast to the content we are exposed to in cinemas these days.
I look forward to watching this film and supporting the movement to raise more awareness. Sound of Freedom is more than just a film. It’s the first step for many to gain awareness of child sex trafficking and an understanding of all the business that goes around it including modern slavery in order to stop it.
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FIGHT FOR THE LIGHT. SILENCE THE DARKNESS.