Posted on May 3, 2017 ยท Posted in IMA

IMA alumna Betty Yu‘s film, Three Tours, is The James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism – IMA Documentary Winner. Congratulations!

Betty Yu graduated from the IMA MFA Hunter College program in 2016. She is a Chinese-American interdisciplinary, multi-media artist, educator and community activist. Her documentary and multi-media work is shaped and influenced by her direct experience as a daughter raised by garment worker parents who toiled in sweatshops after arriving from Hong Kong over 37 years ago. This upbringing undoubtedly frames who she is as an artist today. In her artwork she approaches social issues through personal story, family narrative and community history. Her work explores issues ranging from labor rights, immigrant justice, and gender equity to militarism.

Three Tours, produced and directed by Betty Yu, is a documentary that captures the lives of three U.S. military veterans, Nicole Goodwin, Ramon Mejia and Ryan Holleran, as they work to heal their wounds and battle with PTSD resulting from their deployments in Iraq. The film follows their transformation from U.S. military trained soldiers to agents of change advocating for proper mental health treatment of veterans and an end to unjust wars.

The James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism have honored original writing, video, photography and comics reporting on widespread injustices, underlying causes and possible reforms since 1990.