A Community Response
Champions of Change, too is a community response to the White House officials’ refusal to acknowledge “My Asian Americana” as the official contest winners despite the video winning the highest public vote.
Assisted by Cambodian Royalty and the greater Phnom Penh Arts Community, Studio Revolt organized the Champions of Change, too performance gala. On April 2, 2012, the award ceremony hosted by Java Arts honored the creators and collaborators of “My Asian Americana.” The event was a statement against the White House’s attempt to silence critics of deportations. The event, a staged dinner and award ceremony, was a platform for exiles and their supporters to speak freely about the issue. Awards were handed out by Her Royal Highness Soma Norodom to Vanna Sann, Vinh Dao, Ryan Tong, Sokha Chhim, Thea Som, Kosal Khiev, Phanna Nam, Masahiro Sugano, and Anida Yoeu Ali.
During the event, the collaborators of Studio Revolt disclosed details regarding the White House’s mishandling of the contest and the administration’s attempt to silence the issue of deportations. The filmmakers screened a follow up film, “Return to Sender” , a video letter addressed to the President, Congress, and fellow Americans featuring testimonies of Khmer Exiled Americans extradited to Cambodia.
photo documentation by Long Chean of The Third World Studio