Marta Kasztelan

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Marta Kasztelan

Marta is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker covering Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. She has been based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, since 2012 but her work often takes her to neighbouring countries and to Poland, where she was born and lived until 2001.

Her work has been published in The Guardian, where she is a contributor, Al Jazeera, Newsweek, Vice, Southeast Asia Globe, Voice of America and South China Morning Post, among many others.

Marta’s investigations took her into the heart of one of Poland’s most notorious far right groups; saw her hang out with employees of a multinational company linked to a banned sect promoting polygamy in Malaysia, where she also exposed the practice of female genital mutilation; led her to highlight the plight of Nigerian football players trafficked to Cambodia.

When not working as a journalist, she produces and shoots videos for private clients and non-profit organizations. Some of her clients include: the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia (UN OHCHR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), SNV Development Organization, People in Need, RightBrain Foundation and Momentum.Travel.

A human rights lawyer by education, Marta worked as a legal advisor and researcher for non-governmental organizations in the UK, India and Cambodia, before turning to journalism. She specialises in women’s rights and corporate-related human rights abuses.

She is a member of Ruom, a Cambodia-based collective of journalists passionate about social reportage and is the co-founder of Turren, a video production company making pretty awesome videos.

Marta is bilingual, fluent in English and Polish, with very strong French and German. She is available for freelance assignments worldwide.


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Like others, Bopha was arrested over a nonviolent crime, but after a long pre-trial detention her family was torn apart. This feature, commissioned by Al Jazeera English, examines the impact of mandatory pre-trial detention (even for non-violent crimes and first time offenders) of Cambodian women on their families.


Cambodia’s construction boom has attracted a female workforce, who earn less than men and carry an additional burden. I wrote this feature for Al Jazeera English.


Tong Hann, a tour guide of 12 years, prefers the peace and quiet of “lost temples” as opposed to the more popular sights of Angkor Wat – the key tourist destination of Cambodia. I produced this video for


This is a “non-NGO NGO video”, which highlights the crippling effects of drought on Cambodians. I produced it for People in Need Cambodia as part of a video series on climate change.


Living alongside rubbish is not only annoying but it also has serious adverse health effects for those surrounded by it. I produced this video for People in Need Cambodia in order to highlight the plight of communities living in informal settlements in and around Phnom Penh - they are often cut off from all public services, including rubbish disposal, forcing families to live surrounded by "mountains" of garbage.


Pretty radical: a young woman's journey into the heart of Poland's far right. Together with another filmmaker I followed 19-year-old Paulina, who joined Poland’s far-right National Radical Camp. She was quickly selected as a candidate in local elections because she’s ‘a pretty young woman’ who might improve the image of an organisation thought to be full of ‘bald hooligans vandalising the city’. What drew her to join the nationalist group in the first place? Will anything make her question her loyalty to them? This short documentary was commissioned by the Guardian.


Cambodian women turn to tech in hope apps can turn tide of gender violence. Women’s groups in Cambodia are using the youth obsession with technology to try to change attitudes in a society where many think domestic violence is normal. I wrote this article for the Guardian.


HP and Dell suspend use of interns in Chinese factories. The US computer giants are investigating reports that students are forced to labour making their servers, but what about the rest? An op-ed I wrote for the Guardian's Sustainable Business Section.


Women in the garment industry – away from their homes and support networks – are inhibited from accessing healthcare, including abortion services. I wrote this article for the Guardian.

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