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Like We Don't Exist - MN Screening at the Paramount


In association with the Austin Area Commission for the Arts, the Austin Human Rights Commission, and the African Asian Refugee Services Agency, please join us for a special film screening of Like We Don't Existwith Co-Director and Executive Producer Ansley Sawyer this Sunday, September 17.

The film begins at 6:00 pm at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, Minnesota. The film is approximately 35 minutes long, and will be followed by a community talkback and conversation surrounding the ongoing issues faced by the Karenni community in both the US as well as the border region between Thailand and Myanmar.

The film will be presented for free (no admission charge), with a free will donation box to help cover our team's production and travel costs.


Like We Don't Exist is a short documentary 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 face an uncertain future today as a refugee community surviving along the Thai-Myanmar border.

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 currently affected by the conflict currently living in extreme conditions without healthcare, education, or basic infrastructure.

The team of Like We Don't Exist is thrilled to present the story of the Karenni people, in collaboration with the Karenni community of Austin, Minnesota. Our team is comprised of an international group of producers, filmmakers, and storytellers from around the world, and we are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share this film with the relocated Karenni population of greater Minnesota.

Our Co-Director, Director of Photography, and film Editor Corey Embring, Production Manager Johnfreeco Komoe, Post-Production SupervisorGabriela Mercado, and Associate Producers Jenna Spitz and Sarah Lugoare unfortunately unable to attend, but are eagerly anticipating future screenings in North America this fall.

To learn more about this project, visit

Earlier Event: September 16
Kids Studio: Ice Cream Painting
Later Event: September 20
$5 Movie: Misery at the Paramount