The documentary "Golden Slumbers," which explores the heyday of Cambodian films, showed recently in Washington. Filmmaker Chou Davy joined a panel to discuss the award-winning film with former New York Times correspondent Elizabeth Becker and others. The documentary shows how important film was to Cambodia, prior to its rapid decline following the Khmer Rouge takeover. (Im Sothearith, Washington)
A group of performing artists in Cambodia say they are working to ensure that Cambodia is internationally known for more than a genocidal regime that ruled the country more than 30 years ago. That includes the ongoing performances now underway in New York for the Season of Cambodia festival—where many works and performances are on display in April and May. In Phnom Penh, dance rehearsal is underway. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
Vorn Kim Heng, who won Third Runner Up in the 2010 Miss Asia USA contest, says she now hopes to give something back. She arrived in the US in 1982, and she tells VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey she entered a beauty contest to highlight Cambodia's culture and tradition.
At Phare Ponleu Selpak, an arts organization in Battambang city, Ot Veasna has been learning painting for about five years now. The 31-year-old artist, who has been deaf and dumb since birth, told VOA Khmer in a recent interview that the skills have helped him express his feelings through abstract paintings. Using sign language and an interpreter, he explained the meaning of the painting skills he is honing. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Battambang province.
For many Cambodians, Facebook has become a hit. But for one Cambodian, Facebook made her a hit. The singer, who identified herself as Oun Phea, began posting video of herself singing on Facebook a few weeks ago. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports on what happened next.