The Hollywood film industry is hard for anyone to break into. There may be a few more hurdles if you are a woman and Muslim. One filmmaker found success both in Hollywood and in her own community. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Cultural Fusion, a blend of international styles and tastes, seems to be everywhere, from trendy restaurant menus to fashion runways to hit movies. Rendy Wicaksana of VOA's Indonesia Service reports on an unusual fusion of classical Western orchestral music with the traditional sounds of Indonesian gamelan.
Excess rainwater flowing into streams and waterways — carrying pollutants and contaminants — is a problem for urban areas across the country. To combat it, an increasing number of cities across the U.S. are initiating programs like rooftop gardens to help absorb the rain, and in some cases also grow food. VOA's Julie Taboh takes us to a rooftop garden in Washington, a city with one of greatest numbers of green roofs.