Why I Write

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WHY I WRITE is the first episode in a series of spoken word videos by Khmer American exile Khiev Kosal in collaboration with Studio Revolt. Kosal, a poet and tattoo artist resides in Phnom Penh after spending 14 years of his life in a U.S. prison. Kosal tells pieces of his story through the art of spoken word poetry. His poetry is ripped from his guts and excavated from a place between confinement and freedom. Raw and unassuming, his performance makes walls disappear leaving room only for emotions. This spoken word video is an act for Kosal to reclaim his place in the world as a free man, a step that begins in Cambodia not America.

2011 / HD Video / 7 min 30 sec / Spoken Word
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Masahiro Sugano
Artist: Kosal Khiev
Producer: Anida Yoeu Ali
Production Coordinator: Thea Som
Posted by: on Sep 29, 2011


  1. Leang Smith
    November 2, 2011

    Wow!! Great piece!

  2. Vanessa aka Vandiva
    November 2, 2011

    I got one word **A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
    GREAT JOB!!!

  3. Alexiss Sar
    November 2, 2011

    That was great! So proud of you Kosal!

  4. sam mythong
    November 2, 2011

    hahahaaa yeah i feel that! U taking this world by storm. Keep doing what u doing dog. Don’t look back don’t ever look back. U know where you’ve been now u just ride that wind. It gonna take u to a better place. much love homie.

  5. Sarah
    November 2, 2011

    This is amazing… inspiring

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  7. Thea Than
    November 18, 2011

    This shizz is heat sonn….From the block to the block from the street to the street ya digg?

  8. Aimee Phy
    November 27, 2011

    your words speak for the silent …

    you’re truly Amazing…

    thank you ..

  9. AznHigh
    November 30, 2011

    Sometimes the brightest light comes from the darkest places – Puncture2011(Movie)

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  11. MOF James
    March 12, 2012

    Your poetry has shaken me from my hypnosis. Inspiring, thanks for waking me up. I hope someday we call all press pause/paws.

  12. Nick
    March 26, 2012

    Strong, Powerful, Truth!!!!!
    Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

  13. minority
    March 28, 2012

    Thank you everyone for showing so much love and support.and for taking the time to respond to my body of work..i am encouraged in a very discouraging world. you all are the reason why i am able to do what i do. onelove, kosal khiev


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