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September 28, 2023

Cinema: Sound of Freedom

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This is not an easy film to watch – as the trailer tells us, ‘this is the fastest-growing international crime network that the world has ever seen, it has already passed the illegal arms trade and soon it’s going to pass the drug trade. Why? Because you can sell a bag of cocaine once. You can sell a child up to 10 times a day’.

Based on a true story Sound of Freedom shines a light on even the darkest of places. 

In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Roberto (José Zúñiga), a poor father of two, is approached by a former beauty queen, Giselle (Yessica Borroto). She offers to sign his young children, Miguel (Lucás Ávila) and Rocío (Cristal Paricio), to child modelling contracts. He accepts and takes them to the photoshoot. When he returns to pick his children up, they are gone. It is revealed that the children were sold to be used as sex slaves. It’s that quick and that easy.

After rescuing the young boy from the child traffickers, federal agent Tim Ballard (Jim Caviezel) learns the boy’s sister is still captive and decides to embark on a dangerous mission to save her. 

With time running out, he quits his job and journeys deep into the Colombian jungle, putting his life on the line to free her from a terrible fate. 

As well as Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, The Count of Monte Cristo) the film stars Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino ( Mighty Aphrodite ) who plays Katherine Ballard and Bill Camp (Lincoln, 12 Years a Slave) who plays ‘Batman’ – Ballard’s right-hand man. 

The film is produced by Eduardo Verástegui and directed by Alejandro Monteverde and screens at both the Ballina Fair and Byron Bay Palace cinemas this week.

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