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San Francisco Chronicle: Nepal, Tibet focus

Posted May 16th, 2013 by justinbarker in Media Coverage

In January, Justin Barker had no idea he would be helping start a film festival, let alone one that would premiere just four months later.

Instead, he was sitting in a cafe in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, hatching a plan to start a coffee cooperative, when he overheard what he thought was a California accent. Soon he was bonding with two California transplants in Nepal – Kendra Caprece, who was working for a women’s justice organization, and Bev Hoffman, who ran a human rights festival.

Soon, Barker, who has a background in documentary production, had put the coffee cooperative idea on hold and decided to start a film festival with his two new friends.

“We thought film would be a great way to kind of bring the Himalayas to the Bay Area, so people can actually see what’s going on in the region,” Barker said. “I got into filmmaking because of social justice. Last year when I went to Nepal, I said, ‘I am going to make a shift in my life. I’m not just going to be creating media for nonprofits or corporations; I really want my work to be about giving back.’ The impact I think a little bit of money can have on people is huge. The films explore these issues.”

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