I was recently offered the opportunity to produce a documentary with a fellow student and coworker of mine, Cara Gillespie. We are both in our senior year at Pacific Lutheran University and studying Public Relations and Advertising.
Cara was granted funding to travel to Manila in The Philippines to work alongside an organization called Wipe Every Tear which offers education and housing to women caught in the sex trade/human trafficking. The documentary follows the story of one woman and her journey toward a better life out of trafficking.
She asked me to partner with her to direct the documentary and I eagerly accepted. We have been filming on location in Quezon City for the last three weeks and are scheduled to return shortly before our final semester. The short will also serve as our culminating senior capstone project and premiere this spring. Feel welcome to follow our website, More Than A Mission, as we chronicle our personal journey of producing the film, face potential challenges, and learn more about the incredible people and culture here.