The festival's success is down to the fabulous team we have on board. Meet Diya Guha, our volunteer programming assistant:
What is your environmental and/or film passion?
I grew up in a 'green' milieu in India. The bungalow style house that i grew up in is surrounded by fig, papaya and a gigantic mango tree. My mother is famous for bringing plant saplings from all over India. My father often jokes, only the wild animals are missing. Living in San Francisco which is an environmentally conscious city has opened my eyes to catastrophic and crucial issues of climate change and conservation of natural resources. And also helped in inculcating simple and basic habits to sustain a safe and green planet. I am a filmmaker by profession and telling stories about environmental issues has become a priority for me.
Why did you want to join the SFGFF team?
To open my horizon about green films, educate myself and be inspired. Documentaries like The Cove and Salt of the Earth has left me restless and more passionate about the cause. And what better way to be in an environment which supports my interest and my aspiration to be a social filmmaker.
I am super excited about the iconic Castro theater being the venue for opening night and to meet fascinating people with the same interest.