Cambodian Son - Boston Screening w/ director Masahiro Sugano
April 25, 2014
Screening followed by Q&A discussion with Director Masahiro Sugano.
Director Masahiro Sugano of Studio Revolt embarks on a special North American educational tour of “Cambodian Son,” his new feature documentary that follows the journey of an exiled American spoken word poet, Kosal Khiev, from the streets of Phnom Penh to the stages of London during the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Thirty-five-year-old Kosal Khiev was forced to flee Cambodia to the United States as a 1-year-old refugee. Later forcibly returned to Phnom Penh as an exiled “criminal alien,” he is a volatile, charming and talented young poet whose life begins to change when he is invited to represent Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
As an infant, Kosal was one of 280,000 Cambodian refugees granted asylum in the United States after fleeing massive US bombing campaigns and the Khmer Rouge genocide. Fully American in all but citizenship, Kosal and thousands of others received prison time for serious youthful mistakes and were punished again with deportation.
Kosal wrestles with the contradictions of being banned from home for life, making his way with his fellow exilees who face depression, substance abuse and suicide while finding new freedom as an international poet.
It was just awarded BEST DOCUMENTARY 2014 at CAAMFest!