Call + Response

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Call + Response
Call + Response FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Justin Dillon
Starring Cornel West
Madeleine Albright
Daryl Hannah
Julia Ormond
Ashley Judd
Nicholas D. Kristof
Gary Haugen
Kevin Bales
David Batstone
John Miller
Music by Moby
Natasha Bedingfield
Cold War Kids
Imogen Heap
Talib Kweli
Five For Fighting
Nickel Creek
Rocco Deluca
Emmanuel Jal
Release date
  • October 10, 2008 (2008-10-10)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Call + Response is a documentary film released in 2008 by Fair Trade Pictures to support human rights activism against human trafficking and slavery on a community level. The film was Justin Dillon’s directorial debut and has received worldwide recognition, becoming one of the most important devices in spurring the modern-day abolitionist movement and was one of the year’s top documentaries. This is the final film that Don LaFontaine voiced the trailers for the movie a month after his death.


The film explores the 21st century slave trade industry and offers firsthand accounts on the issue from Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas D. Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures. The film also includes musical performances from Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Emmanuel Jal, Talib Kweli, The Scrolls, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, Rocco Deluca, and Justin Dillon.

Call + Response led to the formation of Fair Trade Fund, Inc., d.b.a. Made In A Free World, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending modern-day slavery. All profits from Call + Response, such as from sales of the DVD, soundtrack, and iTunes downloads, are used to support Made In A Free World’s projects, aimed at disrupting the business of slavery, particularly child slavery and forced labor.

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