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Generation Return: Art & Justice Tour with Anida Yoeu Ali



FOR DETAILS PLEASE EMAIL US HERE  info[at]studio-revolt[dot]com

“Generation Return: Art + Justice” 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE
Featuring the works of Anida Yoeu Ali & her collaboration with Studio Revolt

Event Title:  Generation Return: Art + Justice Post-Genocide & Post-9/11

Duration:  1.5 – 2 hours total (ranges based on school/community needs):
+ 60-75 min performance/screening,
+ 30-45 min Q&A discussion with the artist

Date/Venue:  April 2- April 26, 2013/USA & North America

April 3 – Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
April 4 – University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, MN)
April 6 – Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
April 8 – Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL)
April 9 – School of the Art Institute (Chicago, IL)
April 9 – Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
April 10 – University of IL (Chicago, IL)
April 11 – Claremont Colleges -Pitzer (Claremont,CA)
April 13 – ArtXchange  (Long Beach, CA)
April 16 – University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
April 18 – University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
April 19 – Emily Carr University (Vancouver, Canada)
April 24 – New York University (NYC, NY)
April 26 – Project Reach Chinatown (NYC, NY)
April 27 – TOPAZ Arts  (Queens, NY)

15 appearances / 11 cities / 2 countries…and traveling all the way from Phnom Penh Cambodia to make this happen…Anida’s tour dates and events are as follows:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
East Lansing, MI 

3rd Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month “Kick-Off”
Presents “What Empowers You?”
Featuring: Anida Yoeu Ali

Michigan State University
MSU Location: Wonders, Kiva
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
FREE & Open to the public

***The evening will end with the traditional launching of sky lanterns!

Sponsored by: The Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions/OCAT, Asian Pacific American Student Organization/APASO, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, and Residential and Hospitality Services/RHS.
Website & details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/450516671694220/?notif_t=plan_admin_added


Thursday, April 4, 2013
Twin Cities, MN

Generation Return: Art + Justice Post-Genocide and Post-9/11

University of Minnesota (Eastbank) 
Smith Hall 100

Time: 4-9 PM

Please join us as we present and discuss our works and ideas about contemporary justice and its residual effects on the Cambodian American experience. There will also be spoken word performances and film screenings!

Featuring the works of:
Anida Yoeu Ali & her collaboration with Studio Revolt
Chayster Douangphouxay
Elijah Chhum
Phira Rehm

Special thanks to Emily & Kat Eng and our co-sponsors: Smiley, TN and CSAM (Cambodian Student Association of Minnesota)
Website & details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/341817732603069/?fref=ts


Saturday, April 6, 2013
Oberlin, OH

Oberlin College
Wilder Hall
135 W Lorain Street
Oberlin, OH

Event: Asia America Art (AAArt) Collective
Time: 3-4pm performance & 4:30-6pm workshop
Free/ Open to the Public
Website & details here: bit.ly/AAArt
Contact: Peter Nguyen pnguyen@oberlin.edu


Monday, April 8, 2013
Lincolnshire, IL

Adlai E. Stevenson High School
1 Stevenson Drive
Lincolnshire, IL

Studio Theater
Free and open to the public
Contact: Cristal Sabbagh


Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Chicago, IL

Classroom Visit: 1-3pm School of the Art Institute
Performance: Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago
HAUS at the Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression
623 S. Wabash, 1st floor
Chicago, IL 60605­

Co-sponsor: This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Chicago Roots event is brought to you by Asian American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago and co-sponsored by Columbia College Chicago’s Asian Student Organization, One Tribe, International Student Affairs, and Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media; and UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, UIC Asian American Studies Program, UIC Asian Studies Program, and UIC International Studies Program (sponsor list information).

No ticket required. Free entrance. Open to the public.
Website & details here: http://events.colum.edu/event/asian_pacific_american_heritage_month_anida_yoeu_ali#.UVLonJM13Qo


Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Chicago, IL

Classroom Guest Lectures at University of Illinois at Chicago
And Lunch at Asian American Resource & Cultural Center


Thursday April 11, 2013
Claremont, CA

Claremont Colleges- Scripps Campus
Balch Auditorium Scripps College

Co-sponsors: SCORE, CAPAS (Pitzer), Asian American Resource Center (Pomona), Adboard, APAM and more.

Contact: Erin O’brien geobomb@gmail.com


Saturday, April 13, 2013
Long Beach, CA 

Art Exchange

356 East 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Time: 5PM – 9PM*

*event coincides with the annual Long Beach artwalk
Fee: Suggested donation at the door or Pay What You Can

Event Details:
Catalyst Network of Communities will host artist, writer and global agitator Anida Yoeu Ali in her public performance entitled “Generation Return: Art & Justice Post-Genocide and Post-9/11” during the 2nd Saturday Artwalk of Long Beach, CA.

Opening acts include traditional dancers from Khmer Arts Academy and TLC dance troupe who will offer a blessing for the Khmer/Thai/Lao New Year.

Special spoken word opening by Hatefas Yop.
Live art by Ritchie Kong, Stuter, and more TBA
Music provided by DJ South

Partnering Organizations Include:
Catalyst Network of Communities: helping people and groups to connect, collaborate, and share resources. http://www.gocatalyst.org/
The ArtX: The ArtExchange supports working artists and arts education through the development of a world-class visual arts center reflecting the rich cultural heritage of our community.
Khmer Arts Academy: offers young members of the Greater Long Beach Cambodian community and other an opportunity to achieve a high level of excellence through year-round classical dance training.http://www.khmerarts.org/
KTL Dance Troupe from Wat Vipassana
Khmer Girls in Action: empowering young Southeast Asian women to become relevant social justice organizers who can respond to the immediate needs of their communities. http://www.kgalb.org/
One Love Movement (Long Beach and San Diego Chapter): A national network of grassroots Asian American organizers that unites communities to organize for power, so families can protect their human rights and live together with dignity.
Cambodian Town Film Festival: The purpose of the Cambodia Town Film Festival (CTTF) is to highlight the diversity of the Cambodian experience through the art of filmmaking. http://www.cambodiatownfilmfestival.com/
Tiyya Foundation: providing basic necessities for refugees and displaced Americans

If you or your organization are interested in being involved, please contact June at jumakae@gmail.com
Website & details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/137641829740706/?fref=ts


Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Seattle, WA

University of Washington-Seattle
Location: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Rooms 104,
3931 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
For further info contact seac@uw.edu
Website & details here: http://jsis.washington.edu/seac/events.shtml


April 17 – 20, 2013
Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Three Scheduled Vancouver events — all are free and open to the public; two are held at UBC and 1 at Emily Carr

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Meet the artist” lunch at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia
Please RSVP (for this event only) here, so that we can ensure we have enough space and food.

Details here: http://www.ligi.ubc.ca/?p2=modules/liu/events/view.jsp&id=1173

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Performance at the Royal Bank Cinema
at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

University of British Columbia
Reception to Follow.

Friday, April 19th, 2013 — 7:00-9:00pm
Performance at Emily Carr University.
Reception to Follow.

Anida Yoeu Ali is actively engaged in international dialogues, community activism, and artistic resistance to multiple sites of oppression. She upholds the belief that art is a critical tool for individual and societal transformation. Ali, born in Cambodia and raised nearly all her life in Chicago, returned to live in Cambodia in 2011 after nearly 3 decades away. She is part of a returning diaspora of artists and thinkers creating narratives of Cambodia beyond war and poverty. Through performance and video works, she will present a body of work which provocatively considers the diasporic past/present contours of the Cambodian American experience.

For more information on these events, visit: www.ligi.ubc.ca/events/upcoming.htm.

Hosted in partnership with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and 
UBC’s Departments of Visual Arts and Theory, Social Work, Theatre and Film, Political Science, Anthropology, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.


April 21-27, 2013
New York, NY

I will be in NYC for 1 week for Diaspora festivities programmed for and in relation to “Season of Cambodia”

Events include:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
“Legacy of Now” Panel discussion
Curated & Moderated by Anida Yoeu Ali
Featuring Amy Lee Sanford, LinDa Saphan, Pete Pin, and Prumsodun Ok

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

To attend this discussion and reception Please RSVP by Monday April, 22, 2013 at www.apa.nyu.edu/events or 212.992.9653.

Website & details here:http://seasonofcambodia.org/event/legacy-of-now/


Friday, April 26, 2013
Generation Return: Version 1.5
Time: 8pm-11pm
Sliding Scale: $5-$10 donation or pay what you can

Location: Project Reach Chinatown, 4th Floor
39 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Generation Return: Version 1.5 is an evening of spoken word, hip-hop, and video screenings featuring urban voices from Phnom Penh to NYC. The line up includes performances by Bochan Huy, praCh Ly, Anida Yoeu Ali, Kosal Khiev, and video selections by Studio Revolt. Featured artists are actively engaged in international dialogues and community activism through art. As products of war and as intergenerational witnesses to genocide, 1.5-generation Cambodian American artists have been on the frontlines of capturing the traumatic past and pushing for international justice.

Conceived as both a community concert and forum, a moderated discussion on justice and the Cambodian American community to follow with Dr. Cathy Schlund-vials and OneLove Movement


Saturday, April 27, 2013
1975 – Exhibition Opening & Performances
Location: Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Queens, NY 11377

Exhibition Dates: April 27-May 26, 2013, by appointment & Saturday Noon-4pm

 1975 is an exhibition curated by Chuong-Dai Vo, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, and LinDa Saphan. Ali’s photographs and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge; Sanford’s video and photographs share a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew; and Saphan’s drawings of current-day Phnom Penh take us back to her mother’s memories of living there. This exhibition is presented by TOPAZ ARTS, Inc., with funds from NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

Website & details here: http://www.topazarts.org/2013/03/topaz-arts-presents-3-cambodian-women-artists/


Artist, Writer and Global Agitator Anida Yoeu Ali is embarking on her “Art & Justice Tour” from April 3 – May 6, 2013 in the US and North America. Entitled “Generation Return: Art & Justice Post-Genocide and Post-9/11” Ms. Ali will present and discuss her works and ideas about contemporary justice and its residual effects on the Cambodian American experience.

Anida Yoeu Ali is actively engaged in international dialogues, community activism, and artistic resistance to multiple sites of oppression. She upholds the belief that art is a critical tool for individual and societal transformation. Ms. Ali, born in Cambodia and raised nearly all her life in Chicago, returned to live in Cambodia in 2011 after nearly 3 decades away. She is part of a returning diaspora of artists and thinkers creating narratives of Cambodia beyond war and poverty. Through performance and video works, she will present a body of work which provocatively considers the diasporic past/present contours of the Cambodian American experience.

The artistic portion of the event is imagined to be a multimedia event featuring performances and video screenings by Ms. Ali. The video works include her collaborative media lab, Studio Revolt, and their cinematic works with the Khmer Exiled American community (who constitute the deported diaspora).

Questions provoked through her work include the following:How is art a catalyst for a larger discussion about collective legacy and contemporary justice amongst 1.5-generation Cambodian American communities? What does it mean to be born in Cambodia during a time of catastrophic war and raised in the United States in the aftermath of genocide? What are the central stakes involved for this same generation to return to their “homeland”, both by choice and by force? How is the identity of the twenty-first century Cambodian American being shaped by hip hop, the ongoing “War on Terror,” and ongoing legacies of forced displacement and violence?

More on the Issues presented by Anida Yoeu Ali & Studio Revolt
In the three years, eight months, and twenty days of the Khmer Rouge’s deadly reign over Cambodia, an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians perished as a result of forced labor, execution, starvation, and disease. Despite the passage of more than thirty years, two regime shifts, and a contested U.N. intervention, only one former Khmer Rouge official has been successfully tried and sentenced for crimes against humanity in an international court of law to date.

The United States has emerged as a significant site for the Cambodian diaspora, and is currently home to an estimated 280,000 Cambodian Americans, many of whom are members of the so-known “1.5 Generation.” Comprised of individuals who either “came of age” under the Khmer Rouge or were born in refugee camps, this transnational generation occupies a precarious position. As products of war and as intergenerational witnesses to genocide, 1.5-generation Cambodian American artists have been at the forefront of capturing the traumatic past and pushing for international justice. At the same time, as bodies targeted by the current “War on Terror,” manifest in forced exile via post-9/11 deportation, Cambodian Americans remain a troublingly vulnerable and problematically racialized population. Nearly 400 Cambodian “Americans” have been deported, and another 1600 are slated for deportation.

These contested frames – which bring together “over there” histories and “over here” politics –  foreground the “Generation Return” tour of Anida Yoeu Ali’s work which provocatively considers the diasporic past/present contours of the Cambodian American experience.

(Above Contextualizing Text written by Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials and Anida Yoeu Ali)



Anida Yoeu Ali (b.1974, Battambang)

Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist whose works span performance, installation, video, poetry, public encounters, and political agitation. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. After residing for over three decades outside of Cambodia, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her 2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellowship. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. From the Faroe Islands to the Bronx, Copenhagen to Ho Chi Minh City, she lectures, exhibits and performs internationally. pioneering work with the critically acclaimed group I Was Born With Two Tongues (1998-2003) is archived with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Anida earned her B.F.A. from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and an M.F.A. in from School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, an independent artist run media lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she currently resides.  Studio Revolt’s short film about Cambodian American deportation, My Asian Americana (2011), won the public vote for the White House What’s Your Story Video Challenge but was dismissed by contest organizers. Anida continues to make art and raise her family in Phnom Penh, a city once home to her father. Website



Studio Revolt  (Chicago/Phnom Penh/Osaka)

Studio Revolt is an independent artist run media lab that produces films, videos, installations and performance projects in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The media lab serves as a collaborative space for both performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano. Through his films, Sugano reconsiders cultural and political norms that have constricted our imagination and dulled our senses.  Ali performs unapologetic poems and declarations of the self beyond fixed identities and borders. Together their works open up possibilities for people to exist outside of conventional narratives. Studio Revolt takes it a step further by urging viewers to become participants and stake their claim in this world.

Since their arrival in 2011, Studio Revolt has become a prominent presence in the contemporary arts scene of Phnom Penh showcasing their works in public screenings, exhibitions, and public art projects. The studio selected exiled poet Kosal Khiev as their first artist-in-residence in 2011 with the hopes of garnering international attention on his story through their collaborative media projects. In 2012, “Why I Write” featuring the spoken word performance of Kosal Khiev was awarded “Best Poem Performance on Film” at the Berlin Zebra Poetry Film Festival.

Studio Revolt’s first collaboration, “1700% Project: Mistaken For Muslim (2010),” a film about hate crimes against Muslims after 9/11, was the grand prize recipient for LinkTV’s One Chicago One Nation online film competition. The following year their short film “My Asian Americana (2011)” addressing the issue of Cambodian American deportations won the popular public vote in a White House competition but failed to be rewarded as promised by contest organizers. Studio Revolt is the 2012 inaugural artist-in-residence at Teo + Namfah Gallery in Phnom Penh. The studio is currently working on a feature length documentary film, launching a web series on the issue of deportations, traveling to and staging a performance at the former site of Kao-I-Dang refugee camp, and collaborating on a new short film about classical Cambodian dance with Khmer Arts.

Relevant Links to Anida Yoeu Ali’s work:

“1700% Project” (multi-disciplinary project on hate crimes against Muslims post-9/11): http://1700percentproject.wordpress.com/

“1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim” spoken word video: http://vimeo.com/11380785#at=0

“Living Memory/Living Absence” one-woman spoken word theater performance: http://vimeo.com/6913974

“My Asian Americana” – Video entered to White House Contest about Deportations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YQxtfCz4B1o

“Return to Sender” – Video response to White House Contest dismissal: 

Champions of Change, too (a public performance + response to the White House): http://studio-revolt.com/?p=764

“Who’s Got Us” feminist spoken word video http://vimeo.com/34972858#at=0


Studio Revolt’s Trailer for “Cambodian Son” (not yet completed but in process)

We will create a trailer for “Cambodian Son” our current documentary project about poet Kosal Khiev’s first year free from US incarceration but deported to Cambodia and left to fend for himself with no documents and having never been to Cambodia before.


“The Space Between Inside/Outside” solo exhibition catalog 2012-2013:



“The Buddhist Bug Project” – performance project:


Relevant Press Links/Reviews:

LA Times (04/23/12) “Filmmakers ‘appalled’ by process in White House video contest”

Colorlines (04/11/12) “Deportation Video Wins White House Contest, But Disappears”

Phnom Penh Post (11/09/12) “Phnom Penh disconnect: A refugee’s poetic journey”


(Booking details available upon request)

Limited Online Release of “Neang Neak”

Dec 25, 2012

In collaboration with Khmer Arts, Studio Revolt is proud to release our latest film “Neang Neak (Serpent Goddess).”  For a limited time only, we are releasing the film, which made its recent debut at the Cambodian International Film Festival, to the wider public.  Please watch the film, enjoy, and pass the link along to others. The film will only be up for online viewing from Dec 25 – Jan 25, 2013.

FOR OPTIMAL VIEWING please view on Vimeo and click on “HD” found on the bottom right corner.

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/56099363
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOARhKk7ZAA

FOR OPTIMAL YOUTUBE VIEWING please change the quality setting to screen at 720 HD (simply press the cog “gear” button on the lower right corner to “720 HD” — it’s the first icon button from the left)

Neang Neak (Serpent Goddess)
2012 / HD Video / 3 min 50 sec / Dance

Director: Masahiro Sugano
Choreographer: Sophiline Cheam Shapiro
Dancer: Keo Kuntearom

In choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro’s Cambodian classical dance “Neang Neak”, a serpent goddess arrives on earth to live among humans. Director Masahiro Sugano’s experimental film opens a new window onto this modern day metaphor for displacement and the journey to self-discovery by juxtaposing contemporary and ancient storytelling techniques. With a title role performance by Keo Kuntearom, this collaboration between dance makers Khmer Arts and media makers Studio Revolt reflects Cambodian culture’s ever-evolving relationship between tradition and the new and demonstrates how highly stylized, culturally specific art can be universally relevant.

For more details on the film, please visit our website.


Phnom Penh Post Article on Anida Yoeu Ali and the performance/installation of “Litany”

Read the articled here “Phnom Penh disconnect: a refugee’s poetic journey


“Why I Write” named Winner for Best Performance on Film at Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2012 in Berlin

Congratulations to Kosal Khiev and the Studio Revolt team. And thanks to Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2012. View the video of the winning performance here.

CARE PACKAGE C/O PHILADELPHIA – Exhibition featuring Anida Yoeu Ali (Studio Revolt) Oct 5-26, 2012

Twelve Gates Arts

51 N. 2nd Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19106
TEl. 215.253.8578

The Gallery X Project we created at both Psar Kandal market and Mosque Dhiya Uddin in Battambang will be featured in the CARE PACKAGE C/O PHILADELPHIA group exhibition in Philly’s Twelve Gates Arts Gallery. Opening is this Friday Oct 5 from 6:30pm-9pm. The exhibition runs from Oct 5-16, 2012. Check it out!

Twelve Gates Arts is thrilled to host the inaugural showing of CARE Package a small-scale international traveling show of five Asian female artists. Taking inspiration from the concept of a care package sent to each host country, artists Shelly Bahl, Shelly Jyoti, Laura Kina, Saira Wasim and Anida Yoeu Ali created multi-media “gifts” to be shared with local audiences. Philadelphia is the city where packages destined for Europe after WWII were assembled for shipment by the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE, Inc.); now it is set to be the first city to receive this unique gift. The universal concept of a gift here acts as a stage for the artists’ stories, which promise to tackle issues of nationhood, race, gender, religion, & economic exploitation.


The Public Square: A 24 Hour Public Encounter at the Central Market

The Public Square
by Anida Yoeu Ali/Studio Revolt
Public Encounter + Installation

6pm Friday, October 5 – 6pm Saturday, October 6
(see map below – St. 136 & 63 at the Central Market)

A 24-hour durational performance and installation work set outside of the Central Market. The Public Square is a highly visible designated space that allows for the denizens of Phnom Penh to engage in private conversations with people in the arts community.
Artist Anida Yoeu Ali invites the general public to join her in The Public Square. Joined by other artists to help occupy one seat in The Public Square installation, people are invited to join in a private conversation with these artists in the middle of a busy public setting.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS SITTING IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE INCLUDE: Anida Yoeu Ali, Sophiline Cheam-Shapiro, Sok Visal, Sreylin Meas, Loven Ramos, Tith Kanitha, Kim Hak, Thea Som, Reaksmey Yean, Romi Grossberg, Ryan Tong, Eric Ellul, Sous Sodavy, Chhim Sothy, Dana Langlois, Ayako Kimura, Chatti Phal, Kosal Khiev, Phe Sophon, Neang Kavich, Chumvan “Abelle” Sodhachivy, and HRH Soma Norodom. Each of these individuals from the arts community will sit for 1 hour each during the 24-hour encounter.

Currently The Public Square installation is on display at No Problem Park (No.55, St.178 – across from RUFA) as part of the Our City Festival 2012 visual arts programming. No Problem Park (upstairs) is open 10am-6pm everyday during the festival.

Why I Write selected to screen in Berlin at ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival – Oct 18 – 21, 2012

Masahiro Sugano’s film “Why I Write” featuring the spoken word performance of Kosal Khiev will be screened at the Babylon in Berlin for the bi-annual ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. The film is one of 3 nominated for the “Best Poem Performance on Film” category. We won’t know until the closing ceremony on Sunday Oct 21st if the film wins or not. Visas have been approved and we’re also looking to book more appearances for Kosal on this Berlin trip. Contact us if you are interested or new of poetry venues or interested schools/orgs.

Thank you to “Literature across borders” for funding their visit. ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival runs 18. – 21. October 2012

Studio Revolt Helps Tour Cambodian Film “LOST LOVES” to 9 US Cities

Contact: Anida Yoeu Ali

tel: +855-89-751-896 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
or tel +011-312-933-4426 (Chicago, IL USA)

Sept 12, 2012



Cambodian filmmaker Mr. Chhay Bora and his wife, co-writer and actress, Ms. Kauv Sotheary used their 15 years life savings to produce, “Lost Loves (2012),” the first historical film based on the memory of his mother-in-law during the Cambodian genocide.

With no institutional support and no money left for PR/marketing, the film proved to be a box office hit in Cambodia. Released on January 6 “Lost Loves” screened consecutively for 42 days. By popular demand, yielding an intergenerational audience appeal, the film continued to play on a weekend basis until April 2012. In August, the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee (COSC) voted unanimously to submit the film as the country’s nomination to the Foreign Film category, marking the first time in 18 years that the country has sent a film to the Oscars.

From Sept 12 – Oct 4, 2012, Mr. Chhay embarks on a 9-city screening tour in the USA to bring the film to Cambodian American and refugee communities across the country.

When asked about the relevance of touring the film to a US audience, Mr. Chhay remarked, “I have to tour this in America. After 33 years, the tragic memories of Cambodian refugees who left still linger in their lives, and they need to share this with their children who were born and grew up outside of Cambodia. ‘Lost Loves’ captures the memories and experiences of these children’s parents and grandparents. I believe my film can help to bring back understanding and love between generations.”

“LOST LOVES” begins the tour with a Chicago screening on Wednesday September 12, 2012 at the Sulzer Library. On this tour, Mr. Chhay focuses the film’s outreach efforts toward educational institutions and Cambodian diaspora communities.

Movie is 110 minutes, in Khmer with English subtitles, rated PG-13
All screening will have a post-film Q&A with director Chhay Bora

Time: 5:30PM – 8:00PM
Location: Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Presented by Chicago Public Library


Northern Illinois University
Time: 8-10PM
Location: Holmes Student Center (NIU)
Cole Hall Auditorium
Dekalb, IL  60115
Presented by Center for Southeast Asian Studies as part of the “Imagining Cambodia” Cambodian Studies Conference

MONDAY SEPT 17, 2012
Ohio University
Time: 7PM
Location: Ohio University
Glidden Hall Room 400 (Music Recital Hall)
Athens, OH  45701
Presented by Southeast Asian Studies/Center for International Studies


University of Connecticut
Time: 4:00PM
Location: University of Connecticut
Laurel Hall (CB 101)
Stors, CT  06269
Presented by The Asian American Studies Institute


Time: 12Noon
Location: Furness High School
1900 S. 3rd Street (3rd & Mifflin Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Presented by Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP)


Minneapolis/St. Paul
Time: 7pm
Location: Macalester College (St. Paul)
John B. Davis Lecture Hall
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
($5 Suggested Donation)
Co-sponsors: Khmer’s Next Generation, Macalester College, Catalyst Graphics, and Rehm Designs & Renovation


FRIDAY SEPT 28, 2012
Time: 7pm
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Thelmy Dewitty Theater
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA  98106
(Tickets: $7 advance /$10 door)
Co-sponsors: Southeast Asia Center at UW, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center & Delridge Neighborhoods Community Association, Antares Light Specialized Consultancy, and Seattle-Sihanoukville Sister City Association. Event coverage by Khmerican.

MONDAY OCT 1, 2012
Long Beach
Time: 7-10pm
Art Theater
2025 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA  90814
(Tickets: $10 advance /$15 door *Limited Seating / Red Carpet Event)
Presented by Orphanage Productions, hosted by praCh Ly


Time: 7:30pm
Location: University of California (Berkeley)
110 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA  94720
Co-sponsored by Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies, Dept. of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

PRESS ON THE FILM    |  ScreenDaily.com  |  LA Times    |   The Guardian 

“…generating a level of discussion about the Khmer Rouge that is rare in Cambodia” — Los Angeles Times
“The most talked about film” — Hollywood Reporter
“a notable contribution to Cambodian film”  — Phnom Penh Post / 7 Days Feature
“Lost Loves is the best-looking Cambodian film in years” — Meta House
“an impressive accomplishment, a well-made Cambodian film on a subject matter that seems to slip from public consciousness all to easily in Cambodia”— Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel, Southeast Asian Film Studies Institute

LOST LOVES is the heart wrenching true story of Leav Sila, just one of many countless mothers that did all they could to keep their family alive, only to see the vast majority be killed or starve to death in the fateful years of the Khmer Rouge regime. Written and starring Kauv Sotheary, one of only two surviving children of Leav Sila, it gives a brutal yet captivating insight into the extremity of this painful chapter in history. LOST LOVES is directed by Chhay Bora, Kauv Sottheary’s husband. Both being university lecturers, they have spent their life savings on this project, not for personal gain, but because Leav Sila’s story, like many thousands of that period, needed to be told. The new generation of Cambodians must learn their history so as to never repeat it.

“My movie, I am not doing it for the [Khmer Rouge tribunal]. I am not doing it for politics. I am doing it for my people, for Cambodian victims, who suffered, who died… to let the people judge what is wrong, what is right. This is a true story.” – Chhay Bora (Director)

Professor Chhay Bora is an active member of the local Cambodian arts and movie scene.

1986 Professor Chhay Bora graduated performing art as play actor/director and writer at Fine Art University. 1993, He graduated Mater Degree of Economic Science in Bulgaria and 2005 He finished his doctor degree. 2003, He produced a Cambodian Modern play (Historical story called Khmer Hero, with 120 actors/actresses. This play was the largest play in Cambodian Play History.

Professor Chhay Bora, spent his 10 years in teaching business management in public and private universities in Phnom Penh. With deeply love as an artist heart and the memory of Cambodian Genocide, in 2008 he and his wife (Writer/ Actress Prof. Kauv Sotheary) decided to use his 15 years saving account to produce a first historical film based in a memory of his mother-in low during the Cambodian Genocide.


For additional information please contact Anida Yoeu Ali at anida[at]studio-revolt[dot]com or by phone in Phnom Penh at +855-89-751-896 or in Chicago +011-312-933-4426. More info about can be found www.studio-revolt.com

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Artist Talk@JAVA // In Conversation with Anida Yoeu Ali and curator Natalie Pace

ARTIST TALK: Anida Yoeu Ali

in conversation with curator Natalie Pace
10am Saturday, 7 July, 2012
Java Café & Gallery

Anida will talk about the process and concepts of her first ‘solo’ show that spans and alters the two floors of the café cum gallery.
The exhibition has been extended to show until September 2, 2012.

‘The Space Between Inside/Outside’

Performance + installation by Anida Yoeu Ali

This exhibition by Anida Yoeu Ali is the culmination of three months as Java Arts’ inaugural artist-in-residence. Spanning photography, video, sculpture, and installation, “The Space Between Inside/Outside” examines the areas between the playful and the reflective, performance and the real, proximity and distance.