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The Sound Of Freedom: A true story that brings awareness to Child Trafficking and the fight against it
The Sound Of Freedom has become the unlikely blockbuster film of the summer. It is based on the incredible true story of Tim Ballard, a former government agent who, after rescuing a young boy from ruthless child traffickers, becomes aware that the boy’s sister is still captive. Ballard makes the heroic decision to embark on a dangerous mission to save the young girl. The film has seen great success since its release on July fourth. It has grossed $85 million at the box office, surpassing its budget of $14.5 million. It has been a hit, with both critics and audiences receiving praise for how the film has brought awareness to child-trafficking and how it plays a critical starting point in ending child trafficking which as highlighted in the film has become a $150 billion dollar industry.
While The Sound Of Freedom is now enjoying box office success, it has faced a few hurdles before officially being released. The film was completed in 2018, and the initial distribution deal for the film was made with 20th Century Fox. However, during this time period, Disney took the acquisition of 20th Century Fox and The Sound Of Freedom was pulled from distribution. Disney proceeded to shelve the film for the next four years.
After a back-and-forth battle between Disney and the film team, the film distribution rights were returned to The Sound Of Freedom team, and Angel Studios officially picked up the film. Angel Studios is a curated streaming service that provides users unlimited access to award-winning and viewer-supported content designed to inspire, uplift, and unite people through meaningful storytelling. Once partnering with Angel Studios, Tim Ballard came up with the #2millionfor2million campaign, a three-prong of engagement providing a free ticket for someone else to claim, purchasing your own ticket, or claiming a ticket to attend the movie. The campaign has surpassed its goals with a total of 8,952,397 and counting tickets being acquired for this film.
This film speaks volumes because it goes beyond just this story. Since this mission, Tim Ballard has created Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R), an organization that is leading the fight against child trafficking and sexual exploitation globally. They Provide crucial resources to law enforcement and preventative efforts that benefit at-risk children globally.
To learn more about O.U.R and to participate in the #2millionfor2million campaign, visit the links below.