How to Use this Film

Organizations, students, individuals and activists are essential partners in our campaign to engage and empower the public about the slavery that still plagues our world. Additional material on Journey to Freedom will be added to the site throughout the life of the campaign.

Overview of the film

Journey to Freedom is a documentary that brings to life the startling similarities between historic slavery and human trafficking, inspiring today's freedom fighters. Produced by the National Underground Freedom Center, with support from the U.S. Department of State and Google. Directed by Justin Dillon of Slavery Footprint.

Time: 37:24

Cost: Free

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Organize a Viewing Party

Plan a screening of the documentary for your friends and family, classmates or interested colleagues. A film screening promotes learning about human trafficking and is a great opportunity to gather for lively discussion following the film.

Before the event:

  • Find an appropriate venue (classroom, living room, conference room, auditorium) with a large projection screen and Internet connection since the film must be streamed.
  • Consider inviting a guest speaker to lead a post-viewing discussion. Reach out to nonprofits, professors or a local volunteer.
  • Publicize your event. Send out advance emails to colleagues, friends and family. Consider creating flyers for your campus.
  • If interested, email us at strategicinitiatives@nurfc.org with information about your screening, and we’ll get the world out through social media.
  • If the event is public, ask your local newspaper to list the screening in its calendar of events. Invite a reporter to cover the event, too.

During the event:

  • Encourage viewers to use their phones to tweet and post on social media. Use #journeytofreedom and @FreedomCenter to discuss the film.
  • Discuss the film. Use our suggestions below to get the conversation going.
  • Consider making your screening a fundraising opportunity. You can choose the Freedom Center or any of our partner organizations.

Facilitate a Community Discussion

Consider inviting a guest speaker to lead a post-viewing discussion. Reach out to nonprofits, professors or local volunteers. If more than one is available, consider arranging a panel discussion. Discussion leaders are helpful in stimulating and guiding the conversation, and oftentimes their personal experience and expertise lends itself to further conversation on the film. If presented to a local community or on a university campus, consider recording the event for others to watch online. We’d love to watch your reactions and discussions!

As a host, you may be interested in facilitating the discussion following the film. Here are some questions to get the conversation moving:

  • How does human trafficking compare to the slavery of Antebellum America? What are the similarities and differences? How should we balance discussing both?
  • How aware do you think most people in this country are about the issue of modern-day slavery? Why do you think people may not be more aware? What can be done to raise the profile of this issue?
  • Women and girls represent the greatest share (55%) of victims of modern enslavement. How can we discuss slavery as one form of violence against women?
  • What actions do you think you can take as an individual or a group to make a difference in addressing enslavement? What are some long-term goals we could set as a group? As a nation?
  • What can we do to maintain awareness of this issue, so our momentum doesn’t give way? What commitments can we make?