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Why I Write (2011)

2011 / HD Video / 7 min 30 sec / Spoken Word

“Kosal’s poetry is ripped from his guts, excavated from a place between confinement and freedom. Raw and unassuming, his performance makes walls disappear leaving room only for emotions.” — Anida Yoeu Ali

Kosal Khiev, our resident artist, debuts his spoken word poetry with the first episode WHY I WRITE. The video serien Verses in Exile is a collaboration between Studio Revolt and Kosal. More videos of Kosal’s works will be released in the coming months. Sign up on our mailing list to keep in the loop. For more info about Kosal and his poetry check out his website at SpokenKosal.com

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. Through his poetry, Kosal reclaim’s his place in the world as a free man, a step that begins in Cambodia not America.

For director’s production note, please go to the Vimeo site by clicking on the logo at bottom right of the video screen.

Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Masahiro Sugano
Artist: Kosal Khiev
Producer: Anida Yoeu Ali
Production Coordinator: Thea Som
Production Stills: Cuong Pham