A great deal of attention continues to be honed in art and politics on human trafficking this year. While legislation in several states around the country will seek to curtail avenues of human trafficking through United States' airports and sea ports this year, movies will continue to highlight the problem and propose solutions.
One such film will be Not Today. Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning Christian recording artist Kari Jobe—along with an impressive list of global partners—today announced that she is lending her support to this new independent Christian film in the fight against human trafficking.
Promising to be "gripping, entertaining and ultimately redemptive," Not Today is being produced to help audiences put a human face on the worldwide problem of modern slavery and exploitation, said a spokesperson for the film.
“We all have to play a role and do our part to fight against the plague that affects 27 million people and growing,” Jobe said. “It’s so incredibly dark, and I feel a responsibility to do what I can. Most of these victims are girls like me, and I can’t imagine what life would be like in that place.”
Many Americans were not aware of the problem of human trafficking until the release of the Liam Neeson film Taken a few years ago in 2008. While the world of human trafficking seems so far removed from our experience in the U.S., the cinema has begun to expose us to a problem that is common around the world. Even the indie-hit film Slum Dog Millionaire (2008) illustrated some of the horrors of that trade in the far east.
Produced by Friends Media, Not Today features rising star Cody Longo (Hollywood Heights, Fame, Make It or Break It) as Caden, a spoiled Southern California rich kid partying in India. On mean city streets, he’s oblivious to the so-called “untouchables” until a young girl sold into slavery draws him into the world of India’s outcast Dalits. In the struggle to find her, Caden finds himself and his faith re-energized. Also featured in Not Today: John Schneider (October Baby, Smallville, The Dukes of Hazzard), Shari Rigby (October Baby, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Cassie Scerbo (Make It or Break It).
With a 2013 Grammy nomination for her hit CD Where I Find You, Jobe recently recorded the song What Love Can Do, produced by multiple Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee Ed Cash. The song and accompanying video offer Jobe’s personal support for Not Today. No newcomer to the fight against human trafficking, Jobe is performing now with Chris Tomlin’s Burning Light’s Tour, which also features Louie Giglio, whose 2013 Passion conference focused on the subject as well.
Along with Jobe, a growing array of ministry partners have pledged to promote the film.
"Our Christian faith compels us to lift our hands up with conviction and stretch our hands across with compassion,” said Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Hispanic Evangelical Association. “Not Today moves us to reconcile sanctification with service, faith with action and righteousness with justice. Whether it's creating a firewall against a caste system that does not recognize the image of God in every human being or lifting a clarion call against human trafficking, Not Today is more than a movie. Not Today stands as a clarion call to do justice in the name of Jesus."
Not Today premieres across the nation on April 12 in these markets:
Los Angeles (Orange County), Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
Denver (Littleton), Colo.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
West Palm Beach/Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
For more information, visit the film's site at NotTodaytheMovie.com.