Dordt Students Win Documentary Award

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Jayson Korthuis, a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lynden, Wash., and fellow Dordt College senior Justin Gloudemans recently won the Gold Marcom Award for their work on the documentary “Communities of Fusion: Mozambique.”

Bruce Dooyema and Kim Dooyema, whose Center Fresh Egg Farm is one of the businesses that works with Communities of Fusion, approached Dordt professor Mark Volkers about helping them film their work in Mozambique through the college’s production company Prairie Grass Productions.

Since Korthuis and Gloudemans were already spending the semester in Nairobi, Kenya, they were able to shoot the video for the Dooyemas. “Professor Volkers asked Justin and I if we would be willing to fly down to Mozambique for a long weekend and shoot the film ourselves,” said Korthuis.

The men spent four-and-a-half hours filming at various locations outside of Mozambique, interviewing teachers, farmers, and others from the local community, and shooting at chicken farms and schools.

Communities of Fusion is a group of organizations that provides opportunities for education and agriculture in Mozambique. The Dooyemas won an International Egg Commission award in 2011 for their outstanding commitment to corporate and social responsibility.

The Marcom Awards are given to marketing and communication professionals who show outstanding creative achievement. Korthuis and Gloudemans also won an award of distinction from the Videographer Awards 2013.

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Kyle Hoogendoorn is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. He lives in Rock Valley, Iowa.

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