Submitted by Judson University
Judson University will host a screening of the documentary film "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, in the Marjorie Thulin Performance Hall of the Thompson Center, 1151 N. State St., Elgin.
The film exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery, according to the film's website. "From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You'll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. You'll hear firsthand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders."
The screening is part of an extensive film tour for Exodus Cry, the nonprofit organization that produced "Nefarious." Representatives from Exodus Cry will lead a Q&A session after the film screening. Judson's chapter of International Justice Mission is organizing this event, which is open to the public. Tickets for the event can be reserved here for free, nefariousdocumentary.com/screenings/.
This event is one in a series of Judson events this spring that address the issues of human trafficking, modern slavery, and social justice.
On Feb. 21-22, the university will host a simulcast for The Justice Conference, which will feature leading social justice experts such as Eugene Cho, founder of One Day's Wages, a grass-roots movement to alleviate extreme global poverty; Lynne Hybels, human rights advocate and co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church with her husband Bill Hybels; Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and CEO of The King Center; Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief; and Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association, plus many more renowned speakers. Learn more and register for this event at JudsonU.edu/justiceconference.
The Judson Theatre will host its spring theater production, "Ars Liturgica," with the theme "Slavery: Past, Present and Future," running March 14-15 and 20-22. This production will feature media, visual art, dance, theater and music to explore the injustice of slavery and challenge audience members to join the fight to end it. For advanced tickets or more information about Ars Liturgica, call the box office at (847) 628-2625.