During Cambodia's annual ancestors' festival, Pchum Ben, residents of Vihear Suor commune in Kandal province turn the dirt road leading into the main pagoda into a muddy race track. Starting early in the morning, riders race horses and water buffalo down the path, brushing inches past the spectators who crowd the track.
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In Cambodia, musicians try to recover a long-lost harp, plucked from an ancient temple wall.
Until a few years ago, Wayan Tuges had no idea what a guitar sounded like, let alone made one from scratch. Today, his instruments can sell for thousands of dollars each. From Bali, Indonesia, the story of how a traditional wood carver and spiritual leader turned his skills into an unlikely global business crafting high-end guitars. A radio feature for PRI's The World.
Arn Chorn-Pond was only a child when the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia. Sent to the labor camps, he survived by learning how to play revolutionary songs on his flute. But he watched as those around him were murdered or starved to death. Now in his mid 40s, Arn is sharing his story with a new audience: he’s the main subject of a new American novel for young adults.
Thirty years after Khmer Rouge, a new generation of art conservators emerges in Cambodia.