Record-breaking ‘Sound of Freedom’ movie coming to SA

Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, as Tim Ballard in Sound of Freedom. See movie trailer at bottom of page

South African moviegoers will be the first outside of North America to see Sound of Freedom, the record-breaking, faith-based thriller movie about a former US government agent rescuing children from sex traffickers, when it releases at cinemas across the country on August 18.

Taking Hollywood by surprise, the independent movie shot to the top of the US charts when it was released on July 4 in North America. The film grabbed the top spot three more times, finishing at number three at the box office over the weekend, and passing $125 million (R2.25 billion) in gross earnings by Monday.

Angel Studios which released the surprise hit which held its own against Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning, which respectively came out on June 30 and July 12, announced on Wednesday that they are releasing Sound of Freedom in 23 more countries across four continents.

South Africa is the only country in Africa among the 23 nations poised to view the hit movie.

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Cynthia Hlanguza, operations and acquisitions manager of Gravel Road Distribution Group which is distributing the movie in SA, told Gateway News that the film, based on a true story, “has resulted in a massive groundswell movement in the awareness in and the fight against child trafficking”.

She said: “Why is this film relevant to South Africans? It’s a little publicised fact that South Africa has been identified as one of Africa’s top two countries where children are trafficked into / through and from by these international syndicates, and it is for this reason that we are encouraging audiences to watch this film to create greater awareness that will hopefully be a catalyst for change, because God’s children are not for sale.”

In a recent interview with Gateway News, anti-human trafficking expert Dr Marcel Dr Marcel van der Watt, director of the Research Institute at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, in Washington DC, urged South African Christians to become informed and talkative about sex trafficking and prostitution in order to help curb a rise in trafficking and abuse of women if prostitution was regulated in a way that does not hold sex buyers accountable. Sound of Freedom presents an opportunity for South African Christians to engage meaningfully when a stalled government push to liberalise prostitution laws is revived again.

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Jared Geesey senior vice president of global distribution for Angel Studios said: “Child trafficking is a global issue, and we hope to build on the incredible momentum here in the States and share the film’s powerful message worldwide.”

The movie will be released in Australia and New Zealand on August 24 and 17 other countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica) on August. 31. It launches in the United Kingdom and Ireland on September 1 and in Spain on October 11.

Watch the trailer of Sound of Freedom which tells the true story of former US Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard who quit his job to rescue trafficked children

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  1. Elfrieda Fleischmann

    I have heard much about this movie, and I think it is important for Christians to unite against child trafficking and support this film. A few years ago, the Concerned Young People of South Africa (CYPSA) wrote a letter to parliament requesting that South Africa’s legislation align with the PARLEMO protocol against human trafficking. Thankfully it was done, and today we have legislation with heavy penalties in place against human trafficking.

  2. Suzette van Rooyen

    Where can one get more details regarding booking for this movie?