Pailin's Director's Showreel

Why headhunters turn to Christianity? | National Geographic

Some of the last surviving Naga headhunters describe how they once killed members of other tribes, a practice that ended when they converted to Christianity. Today these men are elderly, and their region in northern India, Nagaland, has a higher percentage of Baptists than the state of Mississippi.

Role: Videographer and field producer

Publication: nationalgeographic.com

Original Link: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/150824-nagaland-headhunters

Myanmar: Free and Fair?| 101 EAST documentary

Just four years ago Myanmar released hundreds of political prisoners and promised to embrace democratic reforms. But once again the number of students, activists and journalists jailed is rising. Reporter Pailin Wedel follows two women activists faced with persecution even as Myanmar prepares for the polls.

Role: Reporter/Presenter

Publication: 101 East, Al Jazeera English

Original Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrHRJ5YzDrE

Muslims Sidelined in Myanmar's Elections| The New York times

As Myanmar counts votes in its first free elections in 25 years, the Muslim minority, including the Rohingya, remains unrepresented, and for some, disenfranchised.

Role: Videographer, producer

Publication: The New York Times

Original Link: http://nyti.ms/1RS0VMl

These Huge Rats Can Sniff Out Land Mines | National Geographic

A group in Cambodia is using Gambian giant rats to find the nearly two million land mines spread out across the country. These UXOs (unexploded ordnances) injure hundreds of people every year. The rats are adept at sniffing out TNT and pointing their human companions to where the danger lies. The rodents don't set off the mines because they're too light, and they can clear a hundred-square-meter area in under 30 minutes, much faster than a human can. 

Role: Videographer and editor

Publication: National Geographic

Original Link: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/151007-cambodia-rats-land-mines-sniff-vin

Chiangmai in Perfect Balance | Monocle

It's not often I get to slow down and appreciate the beauty of Thailand. But on this assignment for Monocle I was able to pause of a second and remember why I love living in this country so much. 

Role: Videographer, producer and editor

Publication: Monocle, The Escapist

Original Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HQO4e6vhFw

 

Tainted Robes | 101 EAST documentary

A Youtube video of a Thai monk in a private jet wearing designer shades and toting Louis vuitton luggage made headlines worldwide last year. The documentary examines why there appears to be a rise in scandalous monks in the media and what Thailand's doing about it. 

Role: Reporter/Presenter

Publication: 101 East, Al Jazeera English

Original Link: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2014/12/thailand-tainted-robes-2014121710360199852.html

Monocle Bangkok Travel Guide | Monocle

Bangkok is a city both liberal and traditional, where outsiders are always welcome but few can gain a true understanding of the capital’s intricacies. The Monocle Travel Guide to Bangkok will steer you to our favorite hotels and retailers, lesser-known neighbourhoods, tasty restaurants and street-side bars where Bangkok’s bright young things party until the early hours.

Role: Videographer, Editor, Producer

Publication: 101 East

Original Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9v-zRWctLM

The Vanishing Sea Tribe | 101 EAST Documentary

The 2004 tsunami swept away a quarter million lives. But the Moken, a seafaring people in Thailand's islands, foresaw the disaster.  On one island, not a single Moken perished. After the tsunami, international aid poured in. Suddenly, new houses, schools and even a Moken museum appeared. But this injection of modernity has brought promise and peril. Moken youth now reject their culture. Overfishing has drained seas of species Moken hunt with spears. Lands they used to inhabit during the monsoon are pried away from them in court. Ten years on, 101 East asks if the traditions that saved the Moken are being abandoned?

Role: Reporter/Presenter

Publication: 101 East, Al Jazeera English

Original Link: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2014/03/vanishing-sea-tribe-201431191014701721.html

 

Myanmar's Jade Curse | 101 EAST Documentary

China's jade obsession drives a multi-billion dollar black market that fuels a drug-infested jade mining industry.

Role: Producer

Publication: 101 East, Al Jazeera English

Original link: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2014/11/myanmar-jade-curse-201411249233318531.html

Myanmar Government Mouthpiece | Monocle

Once a government mouthpiece, Myanmar's MRTV is trying to convert into a public television station. But how much are they prepared to change?

Role: videographer, editor

Publication: Monocle

Original link: http://monocle.com/film/affairs/state-of-the-news/

Myanmar's Obsession With Clean Cash | The New York Times

A particular quirk persists from the days of Myanmar's authoritarian rule: the country remains obsessed with pristine dollar bills. Visitors discover that banks and foreign exchange counters pore over greenbacks with the fussiness of a diamond merchant. Bills that are creased, ripped or marked are rejected.

Role: videographer, producer

Publication: nytimes.com

Original link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/world/asia/in-myanmar-cash-remains-king-and-it-had-better-be-clean.html?_r=0

Laws of Men: In Thailand, thwarted justice for trafficked women | GlobalPost

Thazin knew she was in trouble as soon as the car pulled up to her new place of employment. It wasn’t a convenience store, as promised. It was a guesthouse with a bar. And then the truth dawned on her and the others brought with her.“We realized that we would not only work at a beer bar,” Thazin said, “but also as prostitutes.”

Role: Reporter, Videographer, Writer, Video Editor

Publication: GlobalPost

Original Link: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/thailand/140516/thailand-trafficking-women-bureaucracy-corruption-fear-justice

Thailand Turmoil | Wall Street Journal

Roughly one hundred thousand protesters in Bangkok are trying to seize government ministries and state agencies. Their goal: to replace Thailand's elected party with an unelected council.

Role: Videographer, Editor, Script writer, On-camera

Publication: Wall Street Journal Digital

Original link: http://live.wsj.com/#!9F6DFFAA-7993-4BAA-AE28-A89B782652B2

Last Day in Mandalay | GlobalPost

U Maung Maung was a pillar in the Mandalay community.  His teashop was where intellectuals gathered to talk politics.  People came to him for advice sweetened with a cup of hot Burmese tea and chapatis. As a Muslim leader, he says he reached out to radical Buddhists in Mandalay, calling for dialog and understanding.  In return he received threats from the nationalist Buddhist movement 969, Muslims youth groups and the government.  They've also threatened his children.  For his safety and the future of his children U Maung Maung has decided to flee.  I spent his last day in Mandalay with him.

Role: Videographer, Producer, Editor

Publication: GlobalPost

Original link: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/myanmar/130710/capitals-bagan-mandalay-naypyidaw?page=0,1

 

Preserving Bagan | Global Post

As Myanmar opens up to the west and its tourists, this beautiful southeast Asian nation will have to balance tourism with preservation at its historical sites.

Role: Reporter, Videographer, Editor

Publication: GlobalPost

Original link:  http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/myanmar/130710/capitals-bagan-mandalay-naypyidaw

Tacloban Vignette: Reynaldo Garnace | Wall Street Journal

Reynaldo Garnace is the director of Eastern Visayas campus of Philippines Science High School in Tacloban.  After the typhoon, he's left to manage a school with no roof and students without homes. But he believes he was spared for a mission: to rebuild the school and care for the students who survived.

One of a series of one-minute vignettes published every day from Tacloban over a week.

Role: videographer, editor

Publication: Wall Street Journal Digital

Original link: 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303281504579221612581927626

Tacloban Vignette: Lee Anthony Olegario | Wall Street Journal

Lee Anthony Olegario, 41, has seven children, all under the age of seven. Two of them are twin boys born just two months before the typhoon. Olegario is struggling to find paid work to buy formula for his babies and materials to rebuild his home.  

One of a series of one-minute vignettes published every day from Tacloban over a week.

Role: videographer, editor

Publication: Wall Street Journal Digital

Original link: http://online.wsj.com/article/036AE55D-A84A-4E40-9853-A36163A3594D.html#!036AE55D-A84A-4E40-9853-A36163A3594D

Tacloban Vignette: Lilian Bernabe | Wall Street Journal

Lillian Bernabe is taking her children to Manila to get them back in school. Bernabe and her husband plan to comeback in a month to rebuild their home and continue their work as government employees.

One of a series of one-minute vignettes published every day from Tacloban over a week.

Role: videographer, producer, editor

Publication: Wall Street Journal Digital

Original link: http://live.wsj.com/video/haiyan-profile-lilian-bernabe/C830C02A-0361-47FC-B98B-704C6518CE66.html?KEYWORDS=lilian+bernabe#!C830C02A-0361-47FC-B98B-704C6518CE66

Tacloban Vignette: Ernesto Calderon | Wall Street Journal

Ernesto Calderon and his 35 family members are crammed into one room at an elementary school in Talcoban.  They are waiting for the government to tell them when they can go back to the rubble of their coastal home. 

One of a series of one-minute vignettes published every day from Tacloban over a week.

One of the Tacloban vignettes, I produced one a day for a week.

Role: videographer, editor, producer

Publication: Wall Street Journal Digital

Original link: http://online.wsj.com/article/0B4F6E12-7B5A-4663-82E9-345BFDB11C89.html#!0B4F6E12-7B5A-4663-82E9-345BFDB11C89

Tacloban Vignette: Salleza Naldo | Wall Street Journal

Salleza Naldo has been waiting at the airport with her three children for six hours. She's leaving for Manila because she fears a typhoon like Haiyan could happen again.

One of a series of one-minute vignettes published every day from Tacloban over a week.

Role: videographer, editor, producer

Publication: Wall Street Journal Digital

Orignal Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/D9660DE9-40A0-444C-9B60-5B736E7A97A3.html#!D9660DE9-40A0-444C-9B60-5B736E7A97A3

Freedom from Hate | 101 East Documentary

Religious and racial hatred simmers in the once repressed southeast Asian country of Myanmar. 101 East examines Myanmar's religious divide. 

Role: Assistant Producer

Publication: 101 East, Al Jazeera English

Original Link: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2013/09/201393134037347273.html

Restoring Rangoon | 101 EAST Documentary

101 East takes a rare peek inside Yangon's most famous building, as Myanmar's colonial architecture is under threat.

Role: Assistant Producer

Publication: 101 East, Al Jazeera English

Original Link:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2013/05/20135229324313702.html

Thailand women's boxing | GlobalPost

Thai women boxers are some of the best in the world but they face discrimination in Thailand where many believe a woman's presence in the ring will curse the matches held there.

Role: videographer

Publication: GlobalPost  

Original link: http://www.globalpost.com/video/5595700/location-thai-women-boxers

Saving Jayla | News & Observer

Jayla was born without a thymus glad which means she doesn't have an immune system.  The only way she can survive into adulthood is if she gets a thymus transplant.

Role: videographer, photographer, editor
Publication: News & Observer