“Good Karma: An Immigrant Story”, a biographical documentary on the life of Karma Tenzing has been creating waves in various film festivals all across North America, and now he heads to the Hollywood Now Film Festival in Hollywood, California, on December 15 to receive the Best Documentary award. California-based Twinvision Entertainment’s humanitarian film on Karma, a Wall Street investment banker’s return to his home country, and his efforts towards earthquake relief for Nepal while in New York City, and his mission to end slavery of migrant workers in Qatar, along with other social endeavors (his work with and funding of old age homes, orphanages, street children, stray dogs, blind children, and educating young children) was completed in December 2017 and is currently dong the film festival rounds in North America. As of writing of this article, the documentary has been an official selection in 12 major film festivals (eleven in North America and one Africa and it looks like there is no sign of stopping anytime soon.

 

The documentary’s team comprises of directors/producers Kevin Flint and Brian Flint (of Twinvision Entertainment) and associate producer Joseph Garner, the producer of Hollywood blockbusters like The Hangover2 & 3, WarDogs,and CraigslistJoe, a multiple award-winning documentary presented by TheHangoveractor Zach Galifianakis. 

Being accepted as an officialselection in a credible film festival amongst many other outstanding documentaries is a win in itself, and on top of that, to win an award is surely the next level. Now, as the documentary continues to do well, the directors are working with distribution companies in the USA, along with media partners like Roku, Netflix, etc. of the film festivals below that the documentary won awards in. 

Look out for Good Karma: An Immigrant Storyto be on your television at home soon.

The list below includes all the international accolades and official selections that GoodKarmahas received so far:

  • Hollywood Now Film Festival, October 31, 2018 in Hollywood, California, USA: Winner, Best Feature Documentary
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival, October 21, 2018, in Delaware, USA: Winner, Best of Show
  • Laughlin International Film Festival, October 6, 2018, in Laughlin, Las Vegas, USA: Winner, Filmmakers for Humanity
  • Hollywood Independent Filmmakers Award and Festival, September 21, 2018, in Hollywood, California, USA: Winner, Silver Award
  • Motion Pictures International Film Festival, September 1, 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria, Africa: Top-five nominee, Best Documentary
  • Regina International Film Festival, August 15-18, 2018, in Regina, Canada
  • Rainier Independent Film Festival, May 18-20, 2018, in Ashford, Washington, USA - Nominnee, Best Documentary
  • Walkerville Film Festival, May 2018 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada: The entire film festival was cancelled at the last minute
  • Nepal-America International Film Festival, May 18-20, 2018, in Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, March 9-11, 2018, in Idyllwild, California, USA: Winner, Best Feature Documentary
  • Mountain Film Festival, February 16, 2018, in California, USA: Winner, Sir Edmund Hillary Award for Excellence
  • International Independent Film Awards, December 18, 2017, in California, USA: Winner, Honorable Mention Documentary

The question that might be pondering in everyone’s head after seeing all these awards is, what exactly is the “Good Karma” movement? 

 

 

As Karma himself puts it, “It is a one-man social entrepreneurship movement on bringing positive change without scheming for donations, aid, or grants that other non-government organizations and non-profit organizations do. More than 50% of an NGO’s time and effort are spent on proposals for donations and fundraising events, rather than on the “cause” itself. On the contrary, my “Good Karma” movement is purely based on CSR, where profits from my enterprises are used towards the betterment of society. I do not take any money from anyone, and that is the beauty of this movement. Hundred percent of all funds I’ve committed are spent directly on the cause: There are no administrative or operational costs or commissions involved for any of the “volunteers”, since I am the individual who is solely funding the social projects, and with me being involved and hands on in the entirety of the projects leads to a decrease in costs because of all the partnerships I have created with the suppliers of various goods and services. In the end, I foresee this as a model that can be emulated by all business houses and entrepreneurs in Nepal and all developing nations abroad who are currently donating funds to NGOs and non-profit organizations, where only a small portion of their donations ends up benefiting the cause.”

 

“Overall, to add an ethical perspective, it’s a shame that workers for NGOs and non-profits, who call themselves “volunteers”, profit from the misery of others, as they continue raising funds and donations to support their personal lifestyle. Case in point, look at all the Land Cruisers rolling around the streets of Nepal. It’s $400,000 car for a normal Nepali citizen. Then, look into the opulent lifestyle members of these organizations experience via their mansions, vehicles, and servants. This is not a service Nepal deserves, especially when we know that the funds they live their “lifestyle” with were meant to benefit the people of Nepal. And, this mindset has persevered for decades. It’s no wonder, these so called “volunteers” think the current system works well. The nation has lost so much ever since we first gained democracy in 1990 and allowed NGOs and non-profit organizations to flourish. They’ve legitimized this system, where the treatment of the symptom continues, but finding a cure remains elusive because of all the grants, aid, and donations that continue to flood in. Who would ever want to stop the free money coming in?”

Below is the “Good Karma” movement in a nutshell, and the various humanitarian work it has worked on over the years:

  • 2 million migrant worker lives positively affected in Qatar via the abolition of the Kafala system. The first worldwide petition on change.org to end the Slavery of Migrant Workers in Qatar was drafted by Karma Tenzing in New York City and signed by 37,000 individuals. Karma organized a rally outside the New York Times’ headquarters and then in Times Square and in the Qatar Mission in Manhattan.
  • More than US$100,000 in annual scholarships to students in Kathmandu Valley School, Maharajgunj.
  • 43,000 meals served annually to the orphans in Dadagaun Children’s Home.
  • 100,000 meals served annually for students on a scholarship in Kathmandu Valley School.
  • 4,500 meals provided to old age homes annually.
  • 147,500 free meals provided in total annually.
  • Provides 250 jobs in Nepal
  • Sponsors school uniforms for 150 students annually
  • Sponsors school stationery for 200 students annually
  • Funded entire supplies asked for by a hospital in rural Nepal
  • Provide free housing for earthquake victims in Dhading district
  • Supporting and rehabilitating street children in Thamel
  • Funding programs for blind children in Nepal
  • Funding stray dog care In Nepal

For more on the documentary, here’s the link to the “Good Karma” trailer: 

https://vimeo.com/249574027

And here’s how you can keep track of the “Good Karma” Documentary and its journey:

FacebookGood Karma: An Immigrant StoryInstagram and Twitter:karma10zing