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Return To Sender (2012)

2012 / HD Video / 8 min / Documentary

Return To Sender is a video letter sent from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Washington, D.C. The video is a collection of testimonies by Khmer Exiled Americans extradited to Cambodia under harsh US deportation policies. The video continues our interest in giving voice to abandoned and forgotten stories.

Filmed in Phnom Penh, this video letter would have been delivered at the “Champions of Change” event held at the White House on April 5, 2012. The event was the prize at the end of the What’s Your Story Video Challenge Contest organized by the White House Initiative on AAPI. However, the filmmakers and collaborators were excluded from the final winners’ list despite having garnered the most votes from online viewers. The exclusion reflects the Obama Administration’s avoidance of the issue

Read press release here. We debuted this film at our Champions of Change, too event held on April 2, 2012 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Directed by: Anida Yoeu Ali
Produced by: Studio Revolt
Filmed by: Adele Pham
Edited by: Masahiro Sugano & Adele Pham

Featured Khmer Exiled Americans: Sokha Chhim, Chally Dang, Sophea Heng, Hat Hor, Mout Iv, Kosal Khiev, Sopheap Kim, Mel Kosal, Chanthan Mo, Sam Proeun, Veasna “China” Sany, Sakhorn Sean, Mao “Dicer” So, Samnang Sun, Chandara Tep, and Vath “Looney” Tho

Special Thanks to: Diana Montaño, Sotheavy Nou, Ryan Tong, and OneLove Movement