The Asian American Studies and Asian Studies Programs present, A Studio Revolt Film Screening of Masahiro Sugano’s “Cambodian Son”

Cambodian Son Poster

Winner of the “Best 2014 Documentary” from the Center for Asian American Media, Cambodian Son (2013, 90 minutes) documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. After the performances end and the London stage becomes a faint memory, Kosal is once again left alone to answer the central question in his life: “How do you survive when you belong nowhere?”

Masahiro Sugano holds an MFA in film, video and digital animation from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cambodian Son is presented as part of the “Migrations, (Dis)placements, and Resistance Film Series” organized by Asian American Studies and Asian Studies at UIC and co-sponsored by the UIC AANAPISI Initiative, Gallery 400, The Social Justice Initiative, and The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.

April 14, 2014, 3-5 pm

Gallery 400, 400 South Peoria Street

3:00pm-4:30pm – Cambodian Son, 2013, 90 minutes

4:30pm-5:00pm – Q&A with Masahiro Sugano

5:00pm-6:00pm – Reception

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