The Advocate: Local documentary Up River focuses on area Think Tank

NEWARK —  The kitchen roof of her former apartment had fallen in and piles of debris were everywhere, but Billie Bibow invited Doug Swift in with his camera.

Although she now lives in a safer house and has found a job, she wanted people to understand the struggles of people in poverty, especially those trying to find work after being incarcerated.

"I wanted to show people that you can come back from having nothing," she said.  "I want to change the world for the better so others don't have to go through what I went through."

Bibow was one of three returning citizens who shared their stories in a new locally produced documentary, "Up River."

Focused on the first year of the Newark Think Tank on Poverty, the film will be screened at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the main branch of the Licking County Library.

"Sometimes organizations get started and their first year is lost," said Lesha Farias, a facilitator of the Think Tank. "We wanted to share our journey because we believe every community can do what we are doing."

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