Blind Eyes Opened

Theatrical Release: January 23, 2020
Blind Eyes Opened
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Synopsis

A Christian documentary diving into the sex trafficking industry in the U.S., exposing the darkness that fuels demand, highlighting survivors’ transformations through Christ, and showing Christ as the Hope for all involved.

Dove Review

Blind Eyes Opened shares alarming statistics that bring awareness to the underexposed human trafficking industry where women, girls, and boys are forcefully exploited. The film reveals that the U.S. is the largest consumer of human trafficking and focuses its message on changing that statistic. Through interviews with Christian ministries, law enforcement, lawmakers, and others, this documentary urges viewers to take action against the problem.

The film also brings this issue to light through six brave women who share their personal experiences being sex-trafficked. Each of their stories are different, yet the same. Some were trafficked by family members, others by boyfriends, or someone they thought they could trust. All of them were children when they were first sexually abused, and each suffered for years being repeatedly sexually assaulted and beaten. All of them heroically survived the abuse and eventually discovered hope in Christ. None of them details what led them to accept Jesus, but they do highlight their transformation by God’s love and mercy. Today, each of them publicly shares her survivor story to help sex-trafficked victims, and some have even started their own ministries.

The documentary focuses on finding solutions to stop this issue like reducing easy access to pornography—one of the main causes of conditioning that leads to human trafficking—and creating stricter punishment for perpetrators. The film also highlights finding better ways to help victims, like training medical personal and abortion clinic staff to identify possible victims and get them help. Another solution spotlighted in the film is providing education to children so they don’t become easy prey to perpetrators. The A21 Campaign ministry created a curriculum called Bodies Are Not Commodities that equips students with tools to combat human trafficking and is being used in some schools.

The overarching theme of Blind Eyes Opened is a call to action. This film helps viewers gain a greater understanding of the human trafficking industry and urges them to get involved in fighting the issue. The film is mainly directed toward Christians to step up and do something to help against human trafficking, like raising awareness, getting involved in ministry, supporting survivors, and praying.

Due to sexual content and intense subject matter, we are awarding our Dove Seal for the film’s informative and transformative message at 18+. The film’s powerful message and survivors’ stories need to be heard to help motive viewers to put a stop to this atrocity.

The Dove Take:

This Christian documentary’s shocking truths about the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. and heartbreaking testimonies are difficult to hear but a must-see for audiences 18 and older.

Content Description

Faith: Several Christian ministries share about their outreach programs to victims of human trafficking and encourage believers’ involvement; many references to Scripture are given.
Integrity: Women who were victims of human trafficking learn about God’s mercy, accept Christ, and minister to others.
Sex: Testimonies of forced underage sex, abortions and watching pornography are mentioned throughout the film.
Language: Mentions of sexual language.
Violence: Women tell their stories of being repeatedly beaten, verbally abused and sexually assaulted
Drugs: Heavy drug use and drinking is mentioned; Cigarette smoking and drinking at a bar is shown
Nudity: Women are shown wearing revealing clothing but it is blurred out.
Other: Women tell their stories of lying, stealing and participating in illegal activity.

Info

Company: Ships of Tarshish
Writer: Cherie Hollis, Natalie Kehn, Sarah Manson Geoffrey Rogers, Kerri Rogers, Kerri Rogers, Larry Wiezycki
Director: Geoffrey Rogers
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 115 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Karen W.