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The Fourth World to make its Northwest Iowa premier at Dordt College

October 8, 2012

An astounding 1 billion people live in slums, densely populated and squalid parts of cities. The United Nations predicts this number could triple in the years to come.

The Fourth World documentary takes the audience inside slums on three continents and shares the stories of several of its dwellers. Not only does the film capture the harsh realities of slum life, it also tells gripping stories of “joy, perseverance, and hope,” said Mark Volkers, Dordt College digital media professor.

On Saturday, October 20, beginning at 7 p.m., The Fourth World will make its Northwest Iowa premier in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College. A question and answer session will follow the screening.

“I’m thrilled to have our Northwest Iowa premier showing at Dordt College,” said Volkers. “This film is a product of Dordt and the Northwest Iowa community, so it’s only fitting that we have this event in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.”

The 54-minute documentary film is the work of Volkers and a team of Dordt students working in the college’s production company Prairie Grass Productions (PGP).

“The goal of The Fourth World is to get smart people talking. The issue of systemic, global poverty is too big to leave to a few ‘experts.’ We hope that as people watch this film and discuss what they see, amazing ideas will begin to emerge because, as you’ll see, the people of The Fourth World deserve better than what they have,” said Volkers.

The Fourth World has racked up an impressive 24 national and international awards including the Storyteller Award from the Redemptive International Film Festival, the Best Documentary Feature from the Third World Indie Film Festival, an Award of Excellence from The Indie Fest, and a Cinematography Award from The Telly Awards.

Volkers has served as a missionary in Africa for seven years, and was the communications director for Christian Reformed World Missions before coming to Dordt College. He oversees PGP which he found at Dordt College when he took his teaching position with the college seven years ago. Recently, PGP has won numerous awards for their work including a Davey Award, an Ava Award, a Webby, and others.

The film is being shown during Dordt College’s Parents Weekend. For a complete schedule of the weekend’s events, visit

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