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The dreamer behind the San Joaquin International Film Festival

Sophoan Sorn was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, taught himself filmmaking as a Lodi Academy student and then created the San Joaquin International Film Society. What has driven him to want to share cultural experiences and accomplish his dreams — all while in his 20s?

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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 7:45 am

It was in a chair in front of a movie screen that Sophoan Sorn began traveling the world. He was 5. And in that movie house in a refugee camp in Thailand, where he was born, a young Sorn fell in love with movies: The excitement, the emotions evoked, the places they revealed.

They offered promises of possibility.

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