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17 October 2008 @ 10:13 pm
CALL+RESPONSE: A Short Review  
Tonight, I went with my father to see CALL+RESPONSE.

For those of you who haven't heard of it yet, it's the new abolitionist rockumentary. What is a rockumentary? What is CALL+RESPONSE? It's like a benefit concert on the silver screen that also happens to be packed with moving stories and information. CALL+RESPONSE switches from concert to documentary with meaningful ease. The artists who performed in CALL+RESPONSE include Justin Dillon, Julia Ormond, Natasha Bedingfield, Five For Fighting, Talib Kweli, Emmanuel Jal, Moby, Switchfoot, Matisyahu, The Scrolls, Imogen Heap, Ashley Judd, Rocco Deluca, and Cold War Kids. Speakers include Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, David Batstone, Daryl Hannah, Nicholas Kristof, Gary Haugen, and Kevin Bales.

The music is moving. The speakers are pointful and full of love. Cornel West tosses in a little humor then and there too, but it always comes back to the same thing: a deep, moving determination to make this change. While watching CALL+RESPONSE, you're suddenly hit with the notion: I am not alone. I'm not the only one who cares! Now the next step is to let the victims hear that answer. You are not alone. You're not the only one who cares!

One of the most shocking things about slavery today is how few people are aware of it. Even the people in the audience left in a disbelieving daze, and these are people who didn't exactly have CALL+RESPONSE sprung on them in a surprise attack. Had it been, I can imagine they'd be weeping. I nearly did, and I haven't cried in a theatre since Mufasa fell off that cliff. From the child brothels of Cambodia to the craft slaves of India to the domestic workers of the United States, CALL+RESPONSE shows the audience a world with calls full of fear--and a response that is completely unafraid.

How can YOU respond this very moment? Get your cell phone.

Text "CALL" to 90999 to get a way to help right now.

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
(Anonymous) on October 22nd, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Emmanuel Jal
If your a fan of Emmanuel Jal, then check out his album, it gets the thumbs up from me

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