By Jenni Royston, News and Media Studies major, Class of 2020
Film, Television and Digital Media students in Charity Robinson’s documentary production class partnered with The Net, a non-profit organization, to create a documentary bringing awareness to sex trafficking in the Fort Worth area.
The Net is a non-profit outreach that helps refugees and the homeless community throughout Fort Worth. The organization is made up of staff, volunteers and donors with a common purpose to build relationships with people facing poverty in Fort Worth.
Juan Ojeda, a Schieffer College student who serves as the director, explained that this documentary will be used by The Net to raise awareness through their media platforms. “The idea behind this documentary was to work together with a non-profit who was already working diligently on tackling the issue and bring forth awareness to the Fort Worth community and beyond.”
“Everyone involved in ‘Worthy of More’ was so dedicated to the project and showed a significant amount of professionalism throughout the duration of the project,” said Paul DeHondt, student editor.
The cast and crew said they had to be careful when working on this documentary because of its intense subject matter and content. “I couldn’t help but feel a sense of anxiety throughout the project’s early stages, but I think this is a natural feeling for any editor,” said DeHondt.
The crew said they learned a lot about trafficking through The Net and through survivors. They interviewed survivors to learn about their stories and backgrounds.
The documentary will screen January 24 at 7 p.m. in the BLUU Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and a reception will follow. Tickets are free and available to the general public. Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion with the cast and crew. For more information, visit www.worthyofmoredoc.com.