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
Dear Friends - My mission is far from over, and I am
now asking for your HELP to keep going.
Thank you so much for being here! The following is a brief introduction of who I am, my personal journey to document stories and amplify the voices that unfortunately the media did not care about, and a summary of why I do - what I do. After more than a decade, I remain strongly committed to my singlehanded/one-woman-crew work and continue to feel it necessary...
Dear Friends - my mission is far from over, and I am
now asking for YOUR help to keep going.
(Please read on to find out how you can contribute to my cause.)
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.
While consumed by my personal documentary "Lone Journalist" by night (which explores my personal journey as a lone journalist seeking to amplify the voices and critical warnings of Indigenous communities around the world), few days go by that I am not presented with a thought or a story that I crave to share globally. And at this point in time, when our global community feels so incredibly divided, one concept in particular - truly stands out...
I am seeking to produce a short present-day documentary about the healing and unifying power of music and the arts as described by former child soldier and Khmer Rouge survivor, Arn Chorn-Pond.
With his inspiring and powerful message to the world - thanks to his courage and selfless efforts, thousands of people are re-discovering the beauty and the incredible force of traditional arts and instruments that not too long ago were on the brink of being lost - forever.
"Cambodia is not only about the Killing Fields, the genocide, or the temples...there is so much more
that we can offer to the world!" - Arn Chorn-Pond
I envision this mini-doc as one that will provide us with an intimate look at how music and the arts can inspire, drive and foster unity, hope and peace - while healing the wounds of a horrific past.
*** I've already begun to work on this story, but much remains to be done, to be documented in the field 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
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!
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!
I SINCERELY AND PROFOUNDLY THANK YOU
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!
Wishing you all the very, VERY best,
- Maggie Padlewska -