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Less Rain, More Bugs Predicted for Year of the Horse

A local offers her money to the Buddha statue as praying during Khmer New Year on Monday, April 14, 2014, in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Throughout Cambodia, Khmers are holding ceremonies in preparation for the coming New Year's celebration which lasts for three days, from April 14 through 16 this year. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

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16 April 2014
Cambodians have deep traditions steeped in animism, astrology and folktales, and many take such predictions very seriously, especially at the onset of a new year. More

Video Early Hindu, Buddhist Works on View in New York

Five years in the making, “Lost Kingdoms” shows works from the 5th to the 8th century, an era when Hinduism and Buddhism took root in Southeast Asia.

Video Ancient Sculptures From Myanmar on Display in New York

For the first time ever, ancient sculptures from Myanmar are on diplay outside of the once-repressed country. The art is part of an exhibition called "Lost Kingdoms" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Virtual Google Tours of Angkor Wat Comes Online

Street View users can now visit 100 temples and sculptures around Angkor Wat, via a 360-degree perspective.

New Film Depicts Bygone Age of Cambodian Rock

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” took a decade to make, but Pirozzi said preservation of Cambodian rock music made details in the film very important.

Video Cambodian Filmmakers Show Well at Short Film Festival

Cambodian filmmakers grabbed the top two spots of the Tropfest South East Asia in January. The black-and-white silent film, "Rice," by Sothea Ines, won first place. Sothea Ines spoke to Im Sothearith of VOA Khmer by Skype from Phnom Penh.

Video Oscars Overview and Cambodian Americans Find Healing Through Oscar-Nominated Film

Almost 40 years after the communist Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and embarked on a four-year reign of terror and genocide, many of those who survived are finally able to talk about it. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside Cambodia.

Video VOA Khmer SAPADA 13 March 2014 «វ៉ាស៊ីនតោន​សប្តាហ៍នេះ»

កម្មវិធីក្នុងសប្តាហ៍នេះមាន​ព័ត៌មាន​អំពី ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​អាមេរិកកាំង​ខ្លះ បន្ថយ​ភាពភ័យ​រន្ធត់​ដែល​ពួកគេ​បាន​ទទួល​នៅ​ក្នុង​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម តាម​រយៈ​ការមើល​ភាពយន្ត​រឿង​«កង្វះ​រូបភាព»។ ការបង្រៀន​គ្រាម​ភាសា​អង់គ្លេស​បែប​អាមេរិកាំង គឺ​ឃ្លា​ «see eye to eye» និង​បញ្ចប់​ដោយ​ឈុត​ខ្លះនៃ​​រឿង​ «Need for Speed»៕

Tribes Hold Ceremony To Protect Trees in Remote Northern Province

The forest of Preah Rorka sits at the confluence of three districts, covering 90,000 hectares, and tribes in the area rely on the forest for their livelihoods.

Video Khmer-Thai Superstar Demonstrates Her Talents at VOA

Many Cambodians like "Kantrim" music from the Khmer-populated area of Surin, in Northeast Thailand. They sing and dance to the music on special occasions, such as parties or New Year's.

Video In First, Cambodian Music Festival To Be Held in Hollywood

The Cambodian music festival will be celebrated at the Ford Theatre of Hollywood on August 3, 2014.

Video In First, Cambodian Music Festival To Be Held in Hollywood

The Cambodian music festival will be celebrated at the Ford Theatre of Hollywood on August 3, 2014.

Video Disappointment, as Italian Film Wins Oscar

Academy Awards on Sunday night, hoping “The Missing Picture” would win for best foreign film. Disappointment was the word of the day, however, as the award went to the Italian film, “The Great Beauty.”

Video Disappointment in Phnom Penh as Italian Film Wins Oscar

Despite not winning its own Oscar, “The Missing Picture’s” nomination was a historic first for Cambodians.

Ratanakkiri Complainants Want Forest Lands Returned

Representatives of 17 different groups say the Hoang Anh Gia Lai company, which received funding from the bank’s International Finance Corporation, devastated forest lands affecting up to 2,000 families.

Seasoned Filmmaker Preserve Films for Future Generations

In an exclusive first interview with VOA Khmer at his studio in Montreal, Canada, renowned filmmaker Tea Lim Koun looked back at the Cambodian film industry.

Music Documentary Inspires Cambodian Youth

The Cambodian musical documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,” examines Cambodia’s lost rock and roll.

Video Drones Take Film Makers to New Heights

Unmanned aerial vehicles- known as drones- have been used by the military, but recently one Cambodian film maker is using drones to take his burgeoning production company to new heights. (AP/Phnom Penh)

Video Cambodian Filmmakers Show Well at Short Film Festival

Cambodian filmmakers grabbed the top two spots of the Tropfest South East Asia last month.

Indigenous Groups File Complaint to World Bank Over Forest Destruction

The IFC has invested in the company, Hoang Anh Gia Lai, which the groups say is responsible for damaging their culture, livelihoods, lands, forests and other natural resources.

Cambodian Oscar Contender Aims to Convey History Lesson

'The Missing Picture,' by film director Rithy Panh, aims to teach young Cambodians about country's genocidal past.

Video Oscar Nomination Is For Whole Country, Says The Missing Picture Director

The Oscar nomination for Cambodian film "L'Image Manquante" ( The Missing Picture) is one that director Rithy Panh on Friday said he was accepting on behalf of the whole country.

New Film Explores Cambodia's Forgotten 1960s Rock Scene

Ten years in the making, the documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten shares the stories of the musicians who made this scene.

Cambodian Film an Oscar Finalist in Historical First

Rithy Panh told VOA Khmer Thursday that the announcement should encourage other Cambodian artists, filmmakers and actors.

Video Filmmaker Sees Work Banned at Cambodia Film Festival

While the newly-appointed minister of Culture and Fine Arts Pheoung Sakona was on stage praising Cambodian filmmakers for their efforts...

Monks Demand Action on Stolen Buddha Relics

Authorities say a golden urn containing Buddha’s hair, teeth and bones was taken from the former city of Udong, in Kandal province, on Dec. 9.

Cambodia International Film Festival Aims to Highlights Khmer Works

The festival will run from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12 at various venues in Phnom Penh, including Legend Cinema and Platinum Cineplex.

Video New York Dads Reflect Trend of More Engaged Fatherhood

New York Dads Reflect Trend of More Engaged Fatherhood

Video World Court Awards Some Land to Cambodia in Temple Dispute

The International Court of Justice has ruled that part of a disputed patch of land around a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Thai-Cambodian border belongs to Cambodia.

Video UN Court Backs Cambodia In Thai-Cambodian Border Dispute

The UN's top court has ruled that the area around an ancient temple on the Thai-Cambodian border belongs to Cambodia.

Video Cambodia Woman Receives Working Woman Award

Cambodian Senior Association President Samnang Wu is one of seven people chosen to receive the Working Woman Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Samnang was chosen for her work serving immigrants to America from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.

Video In Border Temples, Shared History, Acceptance

The International Court of Justice is expected to rule over the disputed territories between Cambodia and Thailand surrounding the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on Nov. 11. While the temple has seen tensions and armed conflicts over the years, another ancient Khmer border temple, Sdok Kok Thom, might serve as an example of how both nations can move beyond the conflicts of the past. John Burgess, a former Washington Post correspondent, has authored a book about the temple tilted “Stories in Stone: The Sdok Kok Thom Inscription and the Enigma of Khmer History.” Burgess tells VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat that while these border temples have been the cause of conflict, they can also be a source of shared history and mutual acceptance between Thailand and Cambodia.

Video In US, Classical Dance Impresses Cambodian-Americans

Sacred Dancers of Angkor impressed audiences in the US with classical Khmer dance performances in four cities.

Video Miss Vietnam Embraces both Khmer and Vietnamese Cultures and Values

Miss Vietnam Embraces both Khmer and Vietnamese Cultures and Values The Miss Universe 2013 final competition will be held in Moscow on Saturday, November 9th. Miss Truong Thi May is representing Vietnam in the competition. May says she is proud to tell people that she is half Vietnamese, half Cambodian. Born in Phnom Penh, her Cambodian-Vietnamese father died when she was six years old. She grew up among Khmer Krom residents in Bach Lieu province. Miss May is trilingual. She speaks English, Vietnamese and Khmer. "My mother always encourages me to speak the Khmer language, to preserve the Cambodian tradition and culture." During the upcoming Miss Universe 2013 competition, May says she wants to highlight the plight of Vietnamese and Cambodian women who are less fortunate than she is. May says she knows what it's like to be poor and hungry. "I know in both Vietnam and Cambodia, many people are still facing difficulties in their lives. I must help make their voices heard around the world. I understand their sufferings because my family was poor once." May spoke to the VOA Khmer Service's Reasey Poch via Skype from Moscow.

Video US Effort To Combat Illicit Trafficking In Stolen Art, Antiquities and Cultural Properties

US government is investigating and preparing repatriation of stolen arts, antiquities and cultural properties to their home countries. Those items included pre-Columbian artworks, human skulls, Egyptians antiquities, Cambodian statues and arts as well as fossils of all kinds. VOA Khmer's Reasey Poch reports from National Press Club, Washington DC.

Video Cambodia's King Unveils A Statue of His Father

Cambodia's King Unveils A Statue of His Father 
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamony unveiled his father statue on Friday October 11 near the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, the country capital. Prime Minister Hun Sen and hundreds of government workers, senate and parliament members attended the opening ceremony for newly built statue. (Reuters)

Video Ongoing Floods Hinder Cambodian Festival

Floods in Cambodia continues to rise and more than 80 people have been reported dead, including 39 children, as flooding along Mekong River provinces continues. Heavy flooding is hitting 12 provinces along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, as well as Phnom Penh, closing schools and hospitals as well as pagodas where Buddhism ceremonies were not festive and cheerful. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Kandal province.

Ongoing Floods Close Schools, Pagodas and Hospitals

More than 80 people have been reported dead, including 39 children, as flooding along Mekong River provinces continues.

Video Cambodia Town Film Festival Ready for Long Beach

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Video Cambodia Celebrate Five Years of Preah Vihear on World Heritage List

More than 10,000 Cambodians rallied in the capital of Phnom Penh's Olympic stadium on Sunday July 7 to mark 5th Anniversary of the designation of Preah Vihear temple as a UN world heritage site. Im Sothearith, Washington.

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10 April 2014
For the first time ever, ancient sculptures from Myanmar are on diplay outside of the once-repressed country. The art is part of an exhibition called "Lost Kingdoms" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Reuters)