Wael was among the first to defy the Syrian regime’s ban on foreign media. He spent two weeks working undercover - posing as a tourist with reporter Ramita Navai - in some of the most dangerous parts of Syria with members of the fledgling opposition movement.
He filmed protestors and the victims of the bloody crackdown, and visited clandestine hospitals set up in private homes to treat the injured. For three days Wael was trapped in a safe house with activists who hid in a tiny cupboard as militiamen searched the neighbourhood. He recorded the sound of them beating a young neighbour outside the door.
One judge said: "It is atmospheric, claustrophobic - there is great tension running through the film. The camerawork is remarkable given the constraints on what could and couldn't be filmed. He has thought carefully about how to film people who can’t be identified - the result is a clear visual style which is maintained throughout. It's an incredible piece of television"
Wael produces, directs and shoots observational documentaries and current affairs films. His work has been seen on Channel Four, National Geographic Channel, Discovery and the BBC. He has extensive experience working and filming overseas, gaining access to extreme and sensitive scenarios and characters. He has filmed with various police units, coast guards, rescue services, and military personnel.
He spent four years filming shipping disasters around the world, accompanying emergency maritime salvage crews as they raced to the rescue of stricken, burning and sinking ships. In 2010, Wael directed an acclaimed film on the BP Gulf Oil Disaster for National Geographic US, gaining access to the first 36 hours of the operation to rescue the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.