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Cambodian Son - Cambodia
  • Country: Cambodia
  • Director: Masahiro Sugano
  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 85'

This film follows the life of deported poet Kosal Khiev after he receives the most important invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal travels to London having flown only twice before; first, as a 1-year-old refugee whose family fled Cambodia, and then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. The film follows a volatile yet talented young man struggling with a new freedom, ironically granted only through his deportation. Armed only with memorized verses, he faces the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. After the performances end, Kosal is once again left alone to answer the central question in his life: “How do you survive when you belong nowhere?”

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