"MediaLab explores issues of diversity with premiere of documentary series, ‘A World of Difference’" - PLU News

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TACOMA, WASH. (Jan. 29, 2018) — Two episodes of a new four-part MediaLab documentary project are set to premiere next month in Seattle.

The series, titled “A World of Difference,” explores issues of diversity, including gender, race, immigration and social class.

The first two segments, about immigration and gender, will screen at 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. in Seattle.

The other two portions of the series will premiere in Tacoma later this spring.

“A World of Difference” was jointly sponsored and supported by PLU’s School of Arts and Communication, the Wang Center for Global Education and the university’s Diversity, Justice and Sustainability (DJS) fund.

Over the past 10 months, the series was produced by a documentary team of four MediaLab students: project director and graphic designer Rachel Lovrovich ’18, a digital media major; director of photography and editor Joshua Wiersma ’18, a communication major; chief writer Julia Grosvenor ’19, a communication major; and producer Mackenzie R. Cooper ’19, a communication major.

The team traveled to four locations nationwide to investigate how different communities approach issues of diversity. One such location was El Paso, Texas, a Southwestern border city that is part of a metropolitan area of nearly 2 million people, which includes Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Wiersma said he found the circumstances in El Paso to be much different than he originally expected. [READ MORE]