Join us: “Cambodian Son” screening April 27


Join Mekong NYC, IDP, and Families for Freedom for the NYC screening of “Cambodian Son” at MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street, April 27.  There is a reception at 2 pm and the film begins at 3 pm. This documentary follows the life of Kosal Khiev. Kosal was convicted as an adult of attempted murder at 15, served 14 years, and then was deported by the U.S. to Cambodia in 2011. You can view the trailer here, and learn more about the film, at

“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. The film follows a volatile yet charming and talented young man who struggles to find his footing amongst a new freedom that was granted only through his deportation. Kosal’s London representation is a triumphant moment for many people in his life, both in America and Cambodia. The film traces the impact and significance of this moment for Kosal, his friends, family, mentors and a growing international fan base. 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?'”