David Barnhart is an award winning director who has developed story and documentary
film initiatives with children living on the streets in Buenos Aires Argentina;
communities displaced by war and natural disasters in Latin America and the Democratic
Republic of the Congo; with survivors in South Korea of systematic rape and torture by
the Japanese military during WWII; and with survivors from the Hurricane Katrina and
His most recent work, “Kepulihan: Stories from the Tsunami,” works with 3 survivors
from the Asian Tsunami of 2004 and enables them to tell their stories of loss, hope, and
recovery over a 4 year period. “Kepulihan: Stories from the Tsunami” has been screened
at the Carter Center in Atlanta Georgia and had the distinguished honor of being selected
by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site as part of its D.R.E.A.M Film Series
(Developing Racial Equality through Art and Music). Kepulihan was recently selected by
ABC for broadcast in November of 2010 and was screened at the Phuket Film Festival.
Another documentary project, “Coming Home: Hurricane Katrina 5 Years Later” will be
broadcast by NBC starting in September of 2010. Barnhart has worked as a community
organizer and was a Bowen scholar at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is currently
producing and directing documentary projects for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.