Grace Creek Covers Israel For The Pew Research Center
January 1, 2017— Grace Creek’s Vice President of Production John orensen travelled to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to produce a new documentary film for the Pew Research Center titled Israel’s Religiously Divided Society. The in-depth video project is a companion piece to Pew’s extensive opinion survey that compares attitudes of American and Israeli Jews and also explores differences within Israel’s Jewish population. Sorensen interviewed experts in both the US and Israel, as well as everyday Israelis about how religious divisions among Israeli Jews affect public policy issues ranging from running buses on the Sabbath to the stalemate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Grace Creek worked closely with Pew’s team of scholars to shape a documentary that reflects Pew’s non-partisan approach to social science research while adding a human context to what is a complex story. In addition to the documentary, Grace Creek produced video excerpts that Pew integrated into an “interactive web essay,” an emerging format that combines text, graphics and video and allows users to navigate their own experience.
“The Pew Research Center is an incredible source for objective reporting and real data, two resources that are much needed in today’s complex world,” said Sorensen. “It is a real privilege to work with them on important stories like this one.”