UFC’s Dana White encouraged all of his followers on Saturday to see “Sound of Freedom,” insisting that it “must” be seen.
The film is based on the true story of Tim Ballard, a former federal agent, and his mission to save children from the underground sex slave trade. In 2013, Ballard quit his job as a DHS special agent to establish Operation Underground Railroad, which helps rescue trafficked children from sex slavery and exploitation worldwide.
In support of the film and its topic, the Ultimate Fighting Championship president posted a video to his Twitter account encouraging everyone to see the movie while even offering free tickets for his employees.
“There’s a new movie out called ‘Sound of Freedom’ and it’s about human trafficking. More importantly, the trafficking of children. This is a disgusting, horrific issue that’s happening all around the world, and it’s not getting better. It’s getting worse,” White said.
White also featured a clip from actor and director Mel Gibson similarly encouraging everyone to see the movie to learn more about the horrors of human trafficking.
The Sound of Freedom is, at times, difficult to watch and meant to make viewers feel discomfort toward the grotesque reality of the abusive, $150 billion-dollar, global criminal enterprise that is child trafficking. (Angel Studios/ The Sound of Freedom)
“One of the most disturbing problems is human trafficking and particularly the trafficking of children. Now the first step in eradicating this crime is awareness. Go see ‘Sound of Freedom,’” Gibson said.
Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” stars as Ballard’s character in the film and recently spoke to Fox News about the importance of the project.
Multiple media outlets have tried to attach the “Sound of Freedom” film to far-right conspiracy theories. (Angel Studios/ The Sound of Freedom)
The Guardian described the film writing, “The trafficking follows no motivation more elaborate than the servicing of rich predators, eliding all talk of body-part black markets and the precious organic biochemical of adrenochrome harvested as a Satanic key to eternal life. The first rule of QAnon: you don’t talk about QAnon where the normals can hear you.”
“Sound of Freedom” quickly exceeded box office expectations, becoming the top-selling on July 4th and beating out blockbusters like “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” The film also reportedly earned back nearly its entire budget within the first weekend.