Ger Kler: A Journey of Untold Strength

Inspired by a Karen student from their own college community, Extending the Link traveled to Thailand in December, 2013 to investigate the condition of the Karen refugee population. The team learned that most of the Karen refugees in Thailand are displaced persons who fled from Myanmar after facing persecution. Members of the Karen community in Thailand and Myanmar alike worry about the future of their families as they lack security and stability. For some of the Karen, an alternative opportunity comes by way of being accepted as a refugee to the United States. Currently, more than 7,000 Karen are living in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The documentary focuses on three Karen refugee camps in Thailand as well as the Karen community in metropolitan Minnesota.

  • Rachel Mullin
  • Sean Daniel
  • Ana Nugent
  • Mackenzie Lecy
  • Nikki Orth
  • Su Nguyen
  • Bao Khang
  • Thomas Brossart
  • Andy Warzecha
  • Extending the Link
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short, Social Issue, Refugee, Immigration
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    28,831 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    HDV, other
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  • Student Project:
  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Upper Midwest Chapter
    St. Paul, MN
    April 12, 2015
    Recipient for Production: College Non-Fiction
  • Film Preiemere
    St. Joseph, MN
    April 30, 2014
    North American Premeire
  • St. Cloud Film Festival
    St. Cloud, Minnesota
    October 6, 2014
  • Global Social Responsibility Conference
    St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    October 22, 2014
  • Notre Dame Student Peace Conference
    South Bend, Indiana
    March 27, 2015
  • On the Line Film Festival
    St. Paul, Mn
    August 8, 2015
    Films for Life Award
  • Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival
    Washington, D.C.
    October 23, 2015
Director Biography - Rachel Mullin, Sean Daniel

Rachel studied Political Science and History at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. Both directors graduated in May 2014. Rachel worked with Extending the Link for two years. Their first project with ETL focused on the topic of mental health. In addition to focusing on our local community the team also studies and films on -location: Rachel and Sean both worked with the team in Thailand.

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