This year, AAJA Seattle wants to highlight Asian American filmmakers through a year-long documentary series.
We are thrilled to be partnering with the Post-Prison Education Program in Seattle to bring you the first our three documentaries.
About the film:
“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.
Following the film, there will be a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Masahiro Sugano, who will be in attendance, and Kosal Khiev, the film’s subject. Khiev will be joining us in a video chat from Cambodia as he is still not able to return to the United States.
Tickets to the screening are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. To purchase your tickets now, click here.
About the Post-Prison Education Program:
The Post-Prison Education Program offers hope and creates opportunity for people returning to society by providing access to higher education. Imprisoned and formerly imprisoned people are offered the tools and human support they need to find gainful, meaningful employment, and break free from cycles of hopelessness, poverty, and imprisonment, and become leaders for change.
Stayed tune for more details on the other films planned for AAJA Seattle’s documentary series. Commentaries are a valuable storytelling format and we are glad to introduce these stories to our members and supporters.