On 1st December, the team fly to Sierra Leone for the new film that Purple Field is producing. A couple of weeks ago, Elspeth, Samuel Liebmann (who also worked on ‘Encourage and I Can’) and Ronit Meranda spent 2 days discussing ideas and plans for the film, looking at the practicalities of travelling to and living in Sierra Leone for 8 weeks and sorting out what equipment they would need there.
Elspeth will be producer and co-director of this film; Sam will be director and will be running camera 1; and Ronit will be the editor as well as mentor to Tyson who will be running camera 2.
Tyson’s involvement is just one of the exciting developments of this project. Mohammed Conteh, to use his real name, is a young film-maker who started a drama and film group in his local area when he had to drop out of school and is eager for ways to tell the stories of his country and his people. There is more about him on the webpage of a local film-making group, WeOwnTV.org.
As part of the preparation and planning for the film, the team had a visit from George Bobson Quaker who works as a social worker with a charity called Street Child of Sierra Leone. He had a lot to share with them as, not only has he worked with these young people, he has lived on the streets himself. His story is on StreetChild’s Facebook page and can be read by clicking here.
For this film, Purple Field Productions has partnered with a charity called StreetInvest. They work with street-children all over Africa and run training programmes for others working with street-children. StreetInvest worked with Street Child of Sierra Leone to determine just how many young people were living on the streets and did a programme for their workers.
We have received the first reports from Philbert Nsengiyumva on distribution of “Change with the Climate” in Rwanda. He and the team spent 3 days in Rutsiro in the west part of Rwanda and about 500 people watched the film in that time. Philbert writes, “The local people liked the film, and they like the activities in the film from organic farming, a very new practice to them, to agroforestry which is normally done in that area. They especially liked very much the use of organic pesticides, and they wanted to learn how they can use it in their farms. People more interested would come back and take notes!!”
We are really excited that the local farmers are grabbing hold of these ideas and tips to use in their own situations. In the photo Philbert is with a number of farmers who are writing down the recipes for recreating some of the organic pesticides.