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Ric Gazarian Hits the Road in India and Cambodia

Ric Gazarian of Global Gaz has traveled to 92 countries across the globe. Most recently he’s taken on filmmaking with the adventure documetnary Hit The Road India that will soon be followed by Hit The Road Cambodia. Joining the first episode of Without A Path for 2016, Ric shares his experiences filming in India, Cambodia, and even a dash of Yemen.

Joe Note: Long intro today. If you’d like to skip ahead to the conversation with Ric Gazarian, slide up to the 10:18 mark.

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Walking with a Gandhi, and the Refugee Crisis with Darren Hamm of the Refugee Response

Darren Hamm spent 10 years traveling between Egypt and Asia. Among his list of adventures includes walking with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and exploring the history of the infamous Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. Today, Hamm has settled down in Cleveland and quenches his cultural thirst by working with refugees at The Refugee Response — a non-profit that empowers refugees to become self-sufficient in their new communities. Darren also shares with Joe his insights on the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.

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How I Got Into A Norwegian Film Festival

Human Rights, Human Wrongs Film Festival - Joe Baur

Hanging around Norway this week? Well, you’re in luck!

Somehow the film Gods have conspired to allow a short travel-documentary I directed, Modern Enlightenment, to run at this year’s Human Rights, Human Wrongs Film Festival.

My film — a look at how exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala, India are preserving their culture — uses footage from a college trip in the summer of 2008, just months before the Beijing Olympics. I finally made something of the footage this past summer, drawing inspiration from recent Anthony Bourdain binge-watching and Bill Bryson binge-reading.

In reconnecting with my old Tibetan contacts, I reached out to Voice Of Tibet radio in hopes of grabbing their intro music for the film. This led me to Mr. Oystein Alme, who works in Voice Of Tibet’s Oslo-based office. At the time I had no idea there was an Oslo office. But it strikes me as an incredible achievement for a people who are already up against seemingly insurmountable odds in “WE DO NO WRONG!” China.

A few weeks ago, I woke up to a Google Hangout message from Oystein asking me if I would allow him to use my film as an opener for his Tibetan film, Banned Expressions.

“Would I?” I thought to myself sarcastically, as if I needed to spend any brain power at all thinking the opportunity through. “Of course!”

Any disbelief I was harboring that my film would play in Oslo, Norway of all places was recently alleviated with the unveiling of this year’s program.

So if you happen to be around Norway on February 6 at 8 p.m., go ahead and swing by the Human Rights, Human Wrongs Film Festival to listen to the story of my time with exiled Tibetans before tuning into what is sure to be a much better film, Oystein’s Banned Expressions.

Photo: hrhw.no

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Modern Enlightenment: How Tibetans Are Preserving Their Culture In Exile

It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years since I spent a summer in India, living at the College For Higher Tibetan studies in Dharamsala, India. This is the trip that got me hooked on travel, hooked on culture, and hooked at throwing myself into the unknown. Not to mention seeing hundreds, more likely thousands of Indians using every inch of green space available as their home put a few things in perspective for me. (Note to self: No more bitching about synching issues between my Macbook, iPad and iPhone.)

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CHECKUP WITH A TIBETAN DOCTOR

Nobody likes going to the doctor. For men it inevitably involves a swift grab to the loins and being told to cough like some sort of sick ventriloquism joke. Others will be told to bend over as the sound of latex snapping rings in their ears. Of course this all pales in comparison to what I’ve been told women have to endure during any medical visit. I do not envy the ladies.

Tibetans, however, have found a much more peaceful, less invasive approach to practicing medicine.  In fact, a simple checkup requires only a pulse. Lovely sounding, isn’t it?

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