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University of Nevada Professor Makes Documentary

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From the frigid landscape of Alaska, Kari Barber tells a story that warms the soul.

Her film "Baking Alaska" is about a family who left the South  when their father died.

"My mom called me one day and said 'you won't believe the crazy thing. Jackie's doing it, she's going to quit her job and move to Alaska and open a bakery in a small town.'"

Kari - who is now an assistant professor at the University of Nevada - hopped in their RV , tagging along to tell a sweet story that started with one woman's dream, "They were seeking an escape and they were seeking to take a risk and it's very much like creating a path and creating your own way."

Now she's guiding these students as they create their own ways.

She is teaching them to stay courageous in a career that's considered challenging. Kari started at a TV station in Arkansas then took off overseas.

"Someone posted something on the wall about an internship in Cambodia."

She worked in southeast Asia, then Senegal and The Sudan telling not just the stories of war and famine, but of the quirks and characters.

"I did the ones I had to do; then I did the ones I wanted to do."

Kari's also worked for PBS' prestigious Frontline documentaries, but she wanted to create her own.

She took a risk in creating a film about risks with "Baking Alaska."

And now her documentary will air at the Santa Fe Film Festival and La Femme Film Festival in LA this week.

It also recently won best short film at the Ruby Mountain Film Festival in Elko.

She is also working on another documentary about all black towns that were formed after the Civil War in her home state of Oklahoma.

Written by Neda Iranpour

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