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He appeared in his first movie with Lebran Pictures, called Song of Sto. Tomas. His second was a biblical picture named Kalbaryo ni Jesus (Passion of Christ).
Barri made his first directorial job in a Fernando Poe production of Multo sa Opera (Ghost in the Opera) in 1954. He is well known for having given Fernando Poe, Jr. his first role in Anak ni Palaris.
He continued to direct into the 1960s.