Film Team & Credits

Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Masahiro Sugano

Featuring the Story and Poetry of
Kosal Khiev

Anida Yoeu Ali
Masahiro Sugano

Executive Production Partner
Jiatian Xu & GLA


Born in Osaka, Japan, Mr. Masahiro Sugano, a Sundance Film Festival alumni, is an award winning filmmaker whose accolades stretch from a Student Academy Award nomination in 1997 to his most recent award as the 2013 grant recipient for Center for Asian American Media’s Innovation Fund for his experimental web series titled “VERSES IN EXILE” After an international run at film festivals in Pusan, Singapore and Buenos Aires, Mr. Sugano’s first feature length film ART OF LOVE was distributed on DVD. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from California State University (Northridge) and an M.F.A. in film/video/animation from the University of Illiniois (Chicago). His recent short film “Why I Write (2011)” won the Best Poem Performance on Film award at the 2012 Berlin Zebra Poetry Festival. Through the media lab Studio Revolt, Mr. Sugano has introduced Cambodian Neo-Realism to a young generation of eager Khmer filmmakers. He currently resides in Phnom Penh Cambodia where he has completed his second feature length film project, CAMBODIAN SON (2014).


Producer, writer and spoken word artist, Ms. Anida Yoeu Ali is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. Ms. Ali serves as Studio Revolt’s producer on film projects and as creative director with the studio’s PR/marketing and promotional needs. Ms. Ali co-founded the national performance collectives, I Was Born with Two Tongues (with whom she was named “Top 20 Most Influential Asian Americans” by A. Magazine) and Mango Tribe, whose theatrical and touring productions she successfully produced and performed in from 1998-2005. Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts (Abrons Arts Settlement), and the Illinois Arts Council. She is a recipient of the 2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to Cambodia where her art and research focused contemporary oral histories of Khmer locals. She earned her B.F.A. from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and her M.F.A. from School of the Art Institute Chicago. Her work with Studio Revolt fulfills her life long dream of continuing to tell untold narratives through the experience of art.

Film Credits
Directed, Filmed & Edited by Masahiro Sugano
Produced by Anida Yoeu Ali & Masahiro Sugano
Executive Production Partner: Jiatian Xu & GLA

Featuring the Story & Poetry of Kosal Khiev

Appearances By (In Order)

Sophal Chau
Rob Albee
Sambo Oum
Phyrak Khun
Thea Som
Sophea “WicCed” Heng
Sokha Chhim
Tuy Kay-Kay Sobil
Ryan Tong
Chhoeun Samorn
Kuon Sreylak
Kin Huy
Touch Panouch
Sok “Cream” Visal
Philip Skoczkowski
Anida Yoeu Ali
Pou Khliang
Jessica Lisha Srin
Eddie Newman
Vath Tho
Linda Kwon
Masahiro Sugano
Simon Armitage
Jude Kelly
TJ Dema
Asma Hussain
Po Chhim
Vannarith Khiev
Sydney Sreyrath Meth
Brian K. Lim
Chenda K. Lim
Victoria Ung
Sabra Williams
Tim Robbins
Laetitia Chau
Caroline Chau
Saphir Chau

Field Audio Recorder: Vath Tho (Cambodia), Masahiro Sugano (UK, USA, France, Germany)
Second Camera:
Linda Kwon (UK), Sentosa Mam (Cambodia),
Production Assistants: Eléonore Sok-Halkovic, Sambath Um, Vath Tho
Second Unit: Long Chean and Dylan Maddux

Music (used in Film)
Original Score Composed & Performed by
Laurent Ziliani & Thomas Parisch, PearUp Media
Piano: Laurent Ziliani
Khmer Music Advisor: Sok “Cream” Visal

Music Tracks Produced by KlapYaHandz
“Kal Khyom Noeuv pi Kromom (When I Was A Young Girl)” Performed by Yavady featuring Lisha
“Yuveakchun Kork Chet (Disappointed Teens)” Performed by Phou Khlaing

Music Tracks Produced By Silong Chhun

Music Tracks Produced By Phanna “Peanut” Nam
“Khmer Disko”
“Resistant Khmer”

Additional Music
“Beur Bong Min Maythat (If You Have No Pity)” Performed by Mao Sareth, Written by Drakkar Band
“Pepruh Trong Roh (Because He Lives)” Performed in Khmer by Vannarith Khiev, Written by Bill & Gloria Gaither

Poems Performed & Written by Kosal Khiev
“Why I Write”
“Moments In Between the Nights”
“Love U I”
“Take Me Home”
“Eternal Cypher”

Title Design: Nick Grey
Translators: Anida Yoeu Ali, La Sros, Ana Nov, Bernadette Vincent
Sound, Color, Motion Graphics: Masahiro Sugano

Research Assistants: Jessica Knowles, Jiny Ung
Marketing Assistants: Shirley Cheng, Yuqian Huang, Mandy Liu, Yingle Su, Yuting Zhan
Text Editor: Colin Meyn

Dylan Walker
Eric Cadora
Jay Mather
Peter Merts
Sam Jam
Sophea Heng
The Khiev Family
Vinh Dao

Archival Footage
Department of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion (Cambodia)
“I’m Shmacked The Movie: University of Massachusetts (UMASS)” courtesy of @ImShmacked
Institut National De l’audiovisuel (INA)
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
T3 Media

“The Old Guitarist” (Oil on Panel, 1903-04) by Pablo Picasso

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