Pacific Lutheran University’s MediaLab, the university’s award-winning applied research program, will premiere two episodes of “A World of Difference,” on Thursday, April 5.
The series explores issues of diversity, including gender, race, immigration and social class. The episodes debuting on April 5 will focus on race and class, and will screen at 7 p.m. in Ingram Hall, Room 100, 12180 Park Ave.
“A World of Difference” is jointly sponsored by PLU’s School of Arts and Communication, the Wang Center for Global Education and the university’s Diversity, Justice and Sustainability fund. It is under consideration for numerous festivals and recently won 12 awards in various categories from the Accolade Global Film Competition of Southern California. One of the episodes about race relations in Sedalia, Missouri earned accolades for the use of film for social change, editing, original score, documentary programming and contemporary issues.
The series was produced by a documentary team of four MediaLab students: director and graphic designer Rachel Lovrovich, a digital media major; director of photography and editor Joshua Wiersma, a communication major; chief writer Julia Grosvenor, a communication major; and producer Mackenzie Cooper, a communication major.
Cooper said she hopes that highlighting diversity will help viewers to see the humanity in people different from themselves.
“I think that there’s humanity to every situation,” Cooper said. “I want to kind of galvanize other people to do their own research or to kind of cross boundaries that they’ve never crossed before and maybe go introduce themselves to other people, or even just begin to challenge their own misconceptions.”
The team filmed on location in communities across the U.S., including Richwood, West Virginia, a small, economically depressed town where they expected racial issues to be clean cut.
“We came in with a lot of expectations, and in both of these places the story was crazy,” Grosvenor said. “When people see the episodes, I’m hoping they can go through that same journey that we did in realizing how crazy these issues get, and how things don’t even make sense sometimes, because it really just shows
the reality of the situation that the way that people handle race and class is just as crazy as the way people handle every other aspect of their lives. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s sad, sometimes it’s crazy, and that’s just life.”
The Tacoma premiere of “A World of Difference” is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged, however, to RSVP at worldofdifferenceseries.com/rsvp to ensure adequate seating. A question and answer session featuring the filmmakers, as well as audience discussion, will immediately follow the screening. Refreshments will be served during a reception at the end of the event.
Visit worldofdifferenceseries.com for more information about the documentary series, or to see a trailer.