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Lord, thank You for how you’re using film to set captives free and lead them to Your dreams for them, healed and whole.
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While Sound of Freedom — and many other films — show heroes rescuing those caught in sex slavery, Don’t Say My Name starts with a slave escaping and focuses on the challenging journey of healing. 

Sound of Freedom continues to knock down films known as “tent poles” because they’re expected to carry the other films. Production companies know 60% of their films won’t turn a profit. Producers are praying their indie film will be the Uncle Tom’s Cabin that takes down modern slavery. It’s off to a great start, doing better at the box office than Indiana Jones, Mission: Impossible, and other films with larger budgets that opened just before or after Sound of Freedom. As I’m writing, it’s never fallen out of the top five films since it opened on the Fourth of July, and it’s estimated to have had about 5% of the budget of Mission: Impossible’s latest offering.

The award-winning film Don’t Say My Name is riding this wave of success. It was released on YouTube on July 21, and has more than 1.3 million views. As people are awakening to the reality that two million children are trafficked in the world, Don’t Say My Name is shifting the focus of intercessors from freedom to healing. 

I interviewed three of the creatives about why this is so important: Marty Jean-Louis produced the film; Brooklyn Wittmer played the lead role of a 15-year-old girl with a dream of becoming a professional dancer who is kidnapped into sex slavery; and Cameron Arnett (who we’ve covered in three articles) plays Special Agent Colbert. 

Here’s the interview:

Here’s a trailer: 

Though the material is handled very sensitively, parents of younger children should be aware of the thematic content involving sex trafficking, violence, smoking, sexual references, and some drug references. There was no profanity or blasphemy. There is one scene that could be quite frightening to younger viewers. 

I saw it with fellow IFA contributing writer Joyce Swingle, and we agree that teens  — with proper preparation and debrief — may be able to handle this film. It could do even more in a young person’s prayer/action trajectory than for those of us who already know what’s going on. At the same time, it is an intense movie. Joyce wrote an excellent article about debriefing from this vicarious trauma.

Here’s the full film: 

IFA has an excellent Special Report, “The Dark World of Human Trafficking,” and also makes it easy to request your representatives in Congress take action to help stop trafficking. Click here or find it under the Action tab at www.IFApray.org.

We’ve also covered other films that expose trafficking: Sound of FreedomThe Sound of Violet, and Pursuit of Freedom.

Post your reactions to the film and your prayers that it be healing for those who have escaped slavery, and that it also set the captives free. 

Rich Swingle has taught and performed in 39 nations on six continents, mostly with his own one-man plays. He has performed in more than 45 film projects. He and his bride, Joyce Swingle, another contributing writer for IFA, have 41 “screen children.” The Swingles live in New York City. Read more at www.RichDrama.com. Photo Credit: Tim Tebow Foundation on Unsplash.

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Grant Windholz
August 12, 2023

Yes Lord God 🙏, healing from sex trafficking is essential and the power of faith in you is everything in this spiritual warfare country! Please help our young generation turn from this sadistic evil and know your the only way to life that’s worth living. In Jesus’s mighty name!!

Jessica S. Tooma
August 12, 2023

Meri Crouley is a mighty woman of God that produces God-centered content including a podcast called “The Time Is Now”
One of her films, “Freedom Cry.” has stories of those in human trafficking having mighty turn arounds in their lives through the power of Jesus Christ.

August 9, 2023

Lord, protect our children. Expose those who exploit them. Convict those who take advantage of them.

Give us intercessors who are committed to carrying the load and don’t just show up to support a politician.

Darlene Estlow
August 8, 2023

I hope many, many people can see this. It is very good.

August 8, 2023

I believe the Lord moved me to write “Anya Unbound” in 2017. It too exposed what, at that time, was not widely recognized. Shortly after, 2 people were arrested for sex trafficking in a small prairie town near where I lived. It goes on everywhere and parents and children need to see this movie and read my book. Lord, thankyou for raising up and equipping ministries to victims. May the power of Your love and HS heal the trauma these young ones have experienced. May they know the life abundant that You offer.

Angela Rodriguez
August 8, 2023

Rich, thank you for writing about this movie. I am going to watch it and share with others. Such an important topic that needs wide coverage. You and Joyce are doing a fabulous job bringing these things to light. May God bless you both in your work!

    Rich Swingle
    August 8, 2023

    Bless you, Angela! We’re big fans of you! What a blessing to be on the IFA Team!

Ellen Hoffman
August 8, 2023

The links were not shown on my site page.

    Rich Swingle
    August 8, 2023

    Hmmm. Not sure what that means? I just clicked all the links in the article and they all work properly. It may be your internet connection, or try restarting your system. All the best!


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