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Film about deportation to be screened

“Cambodian Son,” a film about a former prisoner deported to Cambodia, will be shown in Nevada City Wednesday after being screened inside New Folsom Prison Arts Program.

“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. The film traces the impact and significance of this moment for Khiev, 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?”



The film will be shown at the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St., Nevada City. The director, Mashiro Suguano, will be present for a Q&A discussion after. Rising folk star Bryan Cahall will perform at 6 p.m. and the film will be shown at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 530-687-2266 for information.


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