Screening | Like We Dont Exist

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

Special film screening with Penn alumna, Ansley Sawyer!

Like We Don't Exist is a short documentary (35 minutes) about the ongoing ethnic violence and mass displacement of a minority called the Karenni between Thailand and Myanmar (formerly called Burma). After 70 years of civil war -- the longest ongoing civil war in the world -- the Karenni survive today as a refugee community along the Thai-Myanmar border, facing an uncertain future. The Karenni are representative of the many Burmese ethnicities who have fought in the world's longest ongoing civil war. There are hundreds of thousands of people affected by the conflict currently living in extreme conditions without healthcare, education, or basic infrastructure.

Ansley Sawyer is the Executive Producer and Co-Director of Like We Don't Exist. Her collaborations with Director Brandon Li "Nomads of Mongolia" and "Hong Kong Strong" were Vimeo Staff Picks, and have been featured on BBC, National Geographic, TEDx, Smithsonian Institute, Sony Alpha Universe, and Upworthy. She is an avid nomadic filmmaker, traveler, and storyteller.

Corey Embring is the Director of Photography, Co-Director, and Editor of Like We Don't Exist. Corey has traveled extensively throughout Thailand for the last several years, immersing himself in local communities. He is passionate about vérité-style cinematography, and travels the world to work on projects that benefit human rights issues.

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