CAST: Kosal Khiev DIRECTOR: Masahiro Sugano
Cambodian Son 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?"
The screening is sold out but you can still join us at the Zodiac Supper Club after the film to meet the filmmakers. Find the details below:
Meet the Filmmaker
Following the screening of Cambodian Son, stay for a Q&A with filmmakers including: Masahiro Sugano, the director, cinematographer, and editor; producer Anida Yoeu Ali; and music producer Silong Chhun.
Cambodian Son After Party
Want to learn more? Join Grand Cinema staff and filmmakers Masahiro, Anida, and Silong at the 21+ bar Zodiac Supper Club following the Q&A. Stay for a DJ set from music producer Silong Chhun.
Zodiac Supper Club, 745 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Documents Khiev's rise and redemption in a casual yet compelling series of beautifully shot sequences ranging from performance to presentation. A mix of straight documentary and art piece, "Cambodian Son" has a look which suits the the tenor of Khiev's poetry and his driven delivery style.Rebecca Romani, KPBS
A unique, contemporary, and personal look into a legacy of war.Christine Chen, Movie Fiends