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REPREZENT!!!! Send off Party & Fundraiser for Kosal’s London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Trip // Friday June 22 / PONTOON
from 8pm till late into the night
Kosal Khiev & Friends
Pou Khlaing & Tum
Tiny Toones Crew
Prolifik & Gobeshite
MC Dolla, Khmer1ChivitEntrance fees:
$2 Cambodian Nationals
50% of all entrance fee proceeds will go to the Spoken Kosal Projects
Pontoon Location: 80, street 172
Reservations: 010-300-400 | 016-779-966
From 6,000 nominated poets, Kosal Khiev has been selected as a Cultural Olympiad to represent Cambodia in the Poetry Parnassus event in London 2012. Poetry Parnassus is the largest gathering of international poets in world history.
Champions of Change, too is a community response to the White House officials’ refusal to acknowledge “My Asian Americana” as the official contest winners despite the video winning the highest public vote.
Assisted by Cambodian Royalty and the greater Phnom Penh Arts Community, Studio Revolt organized the Champions of Change, too performance gala. On April 2, 2012, the award ceremony hosted by Java Arts honored the creators and collaborators of “My Asian Americana.” The event was a statement against the White House’s attempt to silence critics of deportations. The event, a staged dinner and award ceremony, was a platform for exiles and their supporters to speak freely about the issue. Awards were handed out by Her Royal Highness Soma Norodom to Vanna Sann, Vinh Dao, Ryan Tong, Sokha Chhim, Thea Som, Kosal Khiev, Phanna Nam, Masahiro Sugano, and Anida Yoeu Ali.
During the event, the collaborators of Studio Revolt disclosed details regarding the White House’s mishandling of the contest and the administration’s attempt to silence the issue of deportations. The filmmakers screened a follow up film, “Return to Sender” , a video letter addressed to the President, Congress, and fellow Americans featuring testimonies of Khmer Exiled Americans extradited to Cambodia.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Studio Revolt’s video “My Asian Americana” made the White House Top 11 Finals for the What’s Your Story Video Challenge! We woke up at 4am Phnom Penh time to listen to a 45 min phone conference call. 30 minutes in, we the finalists were announced after an already delayed 2-month vetting process. We are thankful to be part of the Top 11 videos.
We made this video “My Asian Americana” to create awareness around the devastating effects and injustices of deportations upon the Cambodian American community. A tremendous abmount of love and sweat went into this little film and we hope you’ll vote for it. You’ll also notice it takes a very different approach than all the other entries. As you know – we are all about making sure we have artistic integrity with everything that comes out of Studio Revolt.
Voting ends March 1st!!!!
Then click on “My Asian Americana” (Our video is the first one on top left)
Enter your e-mail address in the box, and click Submit. It’s that easy!
We really didn’t expect to get this far because we didn’t think anyone at the White House would touch the issue of deportation. We are grateful to even make it this far. Please help us take it all the way to the White House so we can have serious face time with folks who may be able to effect policies and create some really changes around this injustice.
Tell your friends! Post/Repost/Tweet/Blog and get out the vote! Only one vote per e-mail address.
(Jan 14, 2012)
Kosal’s friend, colleague and a K.E.A (Khmer Exiled American) Member Thea Som introduces the deportation process coming to Cambodia and bringing awareness upon these issues.
This video provides information for new returnee’s arriving to Cambodia. It includes 5 basic steps, experience and process of a returnee in Cambodia. This video will help assist and give orientation for future returnees who are still in the process of deportation.
(Jan 13, 2012)
Khmerican Ex-con Turns Over New Leaf in Phnom Penh Arts Scene
In the weekend edition (Jan 13-15) of the Phnom Penh Post 7 Days insert, Kosal was featured in an Article interviewed by journalist Lionel Mok.
Phnom Penh Post is the oldest existing independent newspaper in any language in Cambodia. First published in July 1992, the Post is read by thousands of foreigners and Cambodians throughout the country and by subscribers in 35 countries around the globe. The Phnom Penh Post has about 90,000 readers daily.
Read the article online now.
(Jan 12, 2012)
Since Nov. 17, 2012, Kosal along with writer friend Ryan Tong has been volunteering at ANDC (A New Day Cambodia). They are teaching creative writing through spoken word poetry to Khmer kids who live at the ANDC organization. They currently run 3 classes to youth ages 9-16 years old.
ANDC is a non-profit organization funded by the Chicago Bulls of the NBA to provide shelter, food and education to Cambodia’s garbage dump scavenger childern.
(Jan 11, 2012)
“The power of radio, the #1 medium of communication in Cambodia, and the spoken word of Kosal Khiev, today’s most influential Khmer poet, both combined, have revolutionized a new form of expression in Cambodia.” — H.R.H Soma Norodom
(Jan 11, 2012)
From Prison to Poet by Ellier Dyer / Photography by Dylan Walker
When browsing January’s AsiaLife, flip to pages 42 & 43, and you’ll find a spread dedicated to Kosal and his story. While serving a 16 year prison sentence for attempted murder, Kosal Khiev found redemption in the spoken word. The magazine’s editor Ellie Dyer meets the budding poet and learns how one of Cambodia’s newest returnees turned his troubled life around.
To read the full article online visit AsiaLife Guide (Issue No. 61)