THE FOLLOW UP

A documentary film exploring the notion of real human experiences 

and the passage of time.  BY MAGGIE PADLEWSKA

Because the past has the power to help inform and inspire our future...

PREMISE

In 2009 I set off on a solo mission to document the stories, concerns and warnings of indigenous communities that the media didn't care about. Today, as the world seeks solutions to its many problems, the global community is beginning to gain interest in traditional and sustainable knowledge and to take notice of the messages being conveyed by the planet's greatest defenders. 
 

 

CONCEPT

I aim to produce a documentary film that explores the impact(s) of time, and in most cases - global inaction, to highlight the need for a heightened cultural and environmental awareness, traditional knowledge and sustainable living methods among an increasingly urbanized global community.     
 

 

APPROACH

Told through the combination of my archives and present follow-up missions, I aim to obtain the answers to a series of simple questions that I believe will leave audiences with much to ponder while exposing the fragility of our natural environment and planet, as well as the ongoing threats against traditional knowledge and the people who ultimately hold the keys to our natural existence. 

If you had a message for the world today, what would it be?

THE ULTIMATE QUESTION

PRIMARY LIST of COMMUNITIES BEING REVISITED

(ADDITIONAL - BUDGET DEPENDENT)

WITH YOUR SUPPORT I'LL BE ABLE TO

CONTINUE THIS PROJECT...

 

WHY NOW?

Few days go by that I don't think and wonder about the communities I met with, those who took me in, and generously shared their stories, observations, views and opinions with me over the past decade. While I struggled to get their stories out as widely as I wished as an independent one-woman-crew on a shoestring budget, the world was perhaps also not quite ready to listen. Today, I believe that we have a unique opportunity...

As we become increasingly connected thanks largely to social media and a mounting and mutual concern for the state of humanity, global cultures and our planet, I sincerely believe that revisiting urgent stories of the past have the potential of contributing greatly to our understanding of the actions that we take today. 

I am as profoundly committed to this project as I was when I first left the comforts of home in 2009 to amplify the voices of the communities listed above, but I do need your help to keep going.. Should you be interested and are able to contribute to this project (to help fund my expeditions and a few tools that would help me capture these stories in a more beautiful manner), I would be forever grateful! 

A heartfelt thank you for your consideration!

mpadlewska@gmail.com