11 years ago, some of my newsroom colleagues worried that my solo mission as a one-woman-crew
video journalist, was too "difficult and dangerous" to execute alone...
Documenting the plight of Waorani warriors fighting to
save the Amazon Rainforest. (AMAZON, ECUADOR)
Since I first left the newsroom in 2009
I reached 18 Indigenous communities,
documented and shared dozens of news and feature stories from remote regions
in 14 countries, and invested
thousands of unpaid production hours, gallons of sweat, and countless blisters
to my work as an
* I by no means consider myself special, I'm simply and genuinely deeply committed to amplifying voices that deserve to be heard - globally.
To those who have supported me during my past expeditions a heartfelt
I am forever grateful!
Dear Friends - my mission, however, is far from over, and I am
now asking for your HELP to keep going.
Given the current state of our world, and the challenging scenario in which we now find ourselves
as a result of this global pandemic, we all know that - things have changed drastically!
Personally, my plans as a travelling documentarian and messenger have been put on hold.
I do, however, find myself in a country with incredible people and countless stories that I believe have the power to inspire us - GLOBALLY - with experiences, thoughts and ideas that transcend borders.
Having lived through unimaginable horror, Cambodians are among the most resilient, kind, hard-working and beautiful people I have ever met. Being a guest in their country, I owe it to my hosts to amplify their stories.
IN THE WORKS...
While consumed by my personal documentary "Lone Journalist" by night, few days go by where I am not presented with a thought or a story that I crave to share widely.
t this point in time - one in particular, truly stands out.
With his inspiring and powerful message to the world, I am seeking to produce a short present-day
documentary about former child soldier and Khmer Rouge survivor Arn Chorn-Pond. He travelled the world - spreading his powerful message of hope and the power of music to heal wounds and to unite humanity.
Thanks to him and his selfless efforts, dozens of master musicians and traditional instruments have also been re-discovered and saved from being lost - forever.
I've already begun to work on this story, but much remains to be done, to be documented in the field and around Cambodia, in order to do this story justice.
AND THIS, IS WHERE I HOPE YOU'll COME IN...
While I've tried, for a very long time,
I can no longer do it alone...
If you can,
me and my work
by becoming a
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
You chose an amount that you'd like to contribute monthly in order to allow creators, or unfunded journalists like myself, to get by and to keep producing.
In my case, this becomes a form of income that will allow me to eat, to pay for the modest roof over my head, the electricity needed to charge my batteries, to cover fieldwork expenses and to keep working without the constant stress, struggles and consequences of having devoted one's life
to a labour of love.
If you'd like to support my work, I invite you to click on this button for more information on how
you can help - every dollar goes a long way!
If you'd like, and can afford to contribute a dollar (or an amount of your choosing) to help me produce stories, there's a wonderful platform designed to
support unpaid and independent creators like myself...it's called Patreon!
I SINCERELY AND PROFOUNDLY THANK YOU
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!
Wishing you all the very, VERY best,
- Maggie Padlewska -