Posted March 6, 2013 by Assist News Service in Arts & Culture
 
 

The ‘Untouchables’ come to NRB 2013 in Nashville

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The ‘Untouchables’ come to NRB 2013 in Nashville
Christian movie aims to curb human trafficking in India
By Nico Bougas
Special to ASSIST News Service

NASHVILLE, TN
(ANS) – The Dalits, also known as the “untouchables” and “outcastes,” make up nearly one quarter of India’s 1.2 billion people. There are an estimated 250 million Dalits and they make up history’s longest-standing oppressed people group.

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The movie, NOT TODAY, that was screened at NRB 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, features a heart-wrenching story of a young Dalit girl sucked into a human trafficking situation.

As the movie promo line states, “Good movies grip your thoughts for a couple of hours. NOT TODAY hopes to grab hold of your heart … and never let go.”

Like every good movie, NOT TODAY engages you with its story. But the story is more than just about the characters on the screen; it’s also about a people group virtually e slaved and the human trafficking trade centered in India.

Beaten down by the centuries-old caste system, the Dalits are mired in India’s thriving sex trade with young children being bought and sold every day. Friends Media, a ministry of Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California, created this powerful new film to be a voice for the voiceless.

Executive producer Pastor Matthew Cork says: “Dalits are not considered human. They get no education. They are used and abused and have no recourse or avenues toward justice. There is no protection from law enforcement; no access to the courts; no political voice, no hope of upward mobility. “Our goal for the entire movement is no small thing: to eliminate the caste system, to free the Dalits.

“The world needs to understand that slavery still exists. That even today, young children are bought and sold like cattle and little girls are forced into the dark, illicit sex trade. That young boys and girls are coerced to beg in the streets, and bring their proceeds back to line the pockets of thugs who abuse them at night.”

Working in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network, Friends Church has made a $20 million commitment to build 200 schools for Dalit children. With education, young Dalits gain an understanding that we are all created equally and can live purpose-filled lives.

According to Dr. Joseph D’souza, the International President of the Dalit Freedom Network: “For three thousand years, one dominant religion branded more than one fourth of our nation’s population as sub-human—nearly three hundred million people known by many as Dalits. Historically, any interaction between this alienated group and the mainstream has been met with harsh penalties, even violence. Separatism has been the accepted norm. It puts our nation in league with South Africa’s old apartheid and some of the worst systems of slavery in the world.”

Can one movie change everything in India? No. But what if that one movie could open the eyes of millions and challenge them to join in this meaningful fight? “There is a longing in the human heart for freedom,” says Pastor Cork. “It is a universal longing.”

Brent Martz, the producer of the movie and Creative Ministries pastor at Friends Church in Yorba Linda says people can get involved by supporting an individual child or funding a school. Several advance screenings are scheduled over the next few weeks. They are asking people to forward this link to anyone you know in these cities to consider attending the upcoming showings – http://www.nottodaythemovie.com/events/


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