My insatiable desire to help document the stories of people who are often omitted by the media,
has resulted in a global journey that has opened, and continues to open, my eyes to who we are
as humans...it's a mission that I'll continue as long as I possibly can.
- Maggie Padlewska
The global scenario of 2020 has drastically altered the lives of billions of people around the the world. Based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I set off on a mission to document how the local community (once catering to millions of tourists seeking a glimpse of the Angkor Wat Archeological Complex) was being affected by the sudden changes in a city that relies heavily on international tourism.
Asian elephant, Kaavan, captured hearts of people around the world on 30.11.20 during his epic and successful rescue and relocation mission from Pakistan to Cambodia.
The final leg of his incredible journey also meant the beginning of a new. chapter in this elephant's life. I produced a series of short videos as the story was unfolding. To me his story, however, is one that extends far beyond a one-day news story. I am currently working on this short documentary.
Few days go by that I don't notice something beautiful - something that gives me the urge to document and share a moment or a scene with others around the world.
My Facebook page @PodzektGlobal has been created to share moment like these...please follow and/or like if you'd like to - and do check in once in a while!
RANDOM SNAPSHOTS & SHORT VIDEOS:
ANIMALS, WILDLIFE & THE ENVIRONMENT:
FOR THE LOVE OF NATURE:
While much of my focus has been on human rights issues and Indigenous cultures, I am just as passionate about the state of our planet, animals, wildlife and what remains of our Earth's natural habitat.
While I am currently also working on a story that pertains to the devastating impacts of human negligence towards jungles in Cambodia, I am sharing the following two stories that I personally motivated to produce. First, Magawa's story - which made international headlines and highlights the potential of a beautiful collaboration between humans and rodents, and second. - that of an elephant sanctuary that aims to save and protect the region's Asian elephants and their natural habitat.
FROM AROUND THE GLOBE: (ARCHIVES 2009-ONWARDS
DOCUMENTING THE VOICES OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES.
The following videos were produced singlehandedly, in the field, over the past decade - with the hope of raising awareness of some of the many under/unreported stories affecting indigenous communities around the world.
(Produced independently with limited resources - please excuse the VOs and low quality.)
VIEWPOINT/SAN COMMUNITY: CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE & SURVIVAL (NAMIBIA)
San People are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa...today, many members of the community fear cultural extinction in the very near future. Here's a bit of my conversation with /kunta...a young San tribesman that I met during my visit to Namibia.
NEWS SHORTS/MURDER OF AN ENVIRONMENTALIST (HONDURAS)
A Canadian Delegation urges Canada's involvement after visiting Honduras, and the home of murdered environmentalist and human rights activist, Berta Caceres. (MAY 16, 2016) #JusticiaParaBerta
HUMAN RIGHTS/NAK'AZDLI COMMUNITY: CORPORATE INVASION (CANADA)
In 2008, the Colorado-based company received permits from the BC government to proceed with the mining of copper and gold deposits located beneath the traditional lands of the Nak'azdli People, one of British Columbia's First Nations communities. Here's the community's story - one that the media cared very little about.
VIEWPOINT/WAORANI COMMUNITY: CULTURAL SURVIVAL (AMAZON, ECUADOR)
As the race for oil and natural resources intensifies, so does the threat against the indigenous communities that have inhabited the Amazon rainforest for centuries. As the guardians and defenders of one the most biodiverse regions of the world, the Waorani/Huaorani people have faced countless threats and intimidation - here's a glimpse of their struggle.