Last week Paula and I were able to go see the preview for a new amazing documentary – The Abolitionists. I was blown away by how wonderfully done this movie is, at the emotions I felt while watching, by these amazing people who are working so hard to end this horrible thing. I shared this post on my blog OurTableForNine.com right after I saw it and wanted to share it here as well. I hope we can spread word about this cause and do good.
(Official Film Trailer)
I was able to attend the premiere for the new movie The Abolitionists. This movie is heartbreaking and incredibly uplifting.
The film tells the story of the lost children sold into sex slavery and the men and women who literally jump in and do what is necessary (through the proper channels) to save these children all around the world.
Share a photo like this one and tag your friends to do the same. Use the hashtag #OURRescue to help spread the word, don’t let this topic get placed on the back burner.
The movie is emotional, it is not made of up reenactments therefore you feel very in the movie if that makes sense. There are moments of heartbreak and moments of pure joy all captured in the moment.
This video shows a part of one story that is told fully in the film.
We also learn the story he talks about at the very beginning of that video. The story of a 3 year old little boy named Gardy,
Gardy’s father Guesno was at the premier last night and spoke with us a little about his feelings for OURRescue. The first question to Tim Ballard (the founder of Operation Underground Railroad, “OUR” and the star of the movie) was about little Gardy, when Guesno walked out there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater. Guesno is a special strong man to be willing and able to share his story.
Once the movie was over Paula and I were able to speak to Tim Ballard. Aside from thanking him for the amazing work he is doing we were able to talk to him about how we can help. He told us that the majority of their donations are between $25 and $100, it is those donations that are allowing them to plan out their missions and save these children. He also asked us to help spread the word. They need this movie, this hashtag, this cause to go viral, if good people raise their voices together we can put an end to this, we can help these wonderful people accomplish their goals. You can find more ways to help here.
For instance, for the next two weeks all 17 Megaplex Theaters will be showing The Abolitionists and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to OURRescue. While the movie is a sensitive subject I think it is perfectly done to draw attention to the positive that is being done. There is no foul language, there are no scenes of sexual abuse. I believe it has a PG-13 rating and I fully intend to take Nate and the older two children to see the movie. When I got home last night Talon and I talked about it, there is good to be done here, and there are ways even our youth can get involved to help.
Thank you to Guesno for sharing your story. Thank you to Chet Thomas and Darrin Fletcher for directing this film, for helping bring this cause to center stage and especially to Darrin for coming to a blogger night back in September to tell us about this amazing project. Thank you to Brooke White for putting your talent to work for this cause (you can pre-order Brooke’s Charity Album “Never Grow Up” here). And finally a huge Thank You to Tim Ballard for fighting this fight, for doing what so many of us wish we could do but simply cannot, for starting this project, and for saving the lives of so many.
Will you help? It’s as easy as posting a photo. Share why you’re an Abolitionist on social media using #OURrescue and then come tell me why you are one! If you do nothing else, remember these children and these heroes in your prayers. Last night as I laid down to sleep I couldn’t help but be thankful for healthy children who live in a safe place, all children deserve a safe place.