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Slave trade is subject of documentary screening
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‘Nefarious: Merchant of Souls’

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 23

Where: Westminster Church, 1397 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

How much: Free

More info: tomwstewart@gmail.com, 678-865-4157

A film on the horrors of the modern day human slave trade will be screened Oct. 23 in Gainesville.

“Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. The screening is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the sanctuary of Westminster Church, 1397 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Admission is free and open to the public. The film is recommended for viewers aged 18 and older due to mature content.

Exodus Cry, an international anti-slavery organization, created the award-winning documentary depicting the business from multiple perspectives, and filmed in 19 countries across the world.

The organization and film were conceived by Benjamin Nolot who wrote, directed and co-produced the film. Cinematographer and co-producer Matthew Dickey is a graduate of the Savannah School of Art & Design.

Tom Stewart, an elder at Westminster Church, initiated the Gainesville screening.

“I’ve had an interest in human trafficking going back several years,” said Stewart, a physician and former director of an international ministry for street children. “I learned about this documentary from an acquaintance, and when I saw it, I was immediately struck that it must be seen by others.”

Representatives of Exodus Cry will be at the screening to discuss their work, and local organizations that work to assist people in slavery will have tables.