Monthly Archives: October 2014

EBOLA APPEAL

USING FILM TO FIGHT THE SPREAD OF EBOLA IN SIERRA LEONE

Support the local young people in the Future View Film Group in Sierra Leone who are facing a rapidly deteriorating situation with the spread of ebola. They are making films right now to help stop the spread of this disease in their country, using the skills they have learnt through Purple Field Productions.

See the song ‘Ebola does not discriminate’ – https://vimeo.com/104112462 – which the group made into a video, and has been used on local TV.

You can donate through our crowd fundraising site http://bit.ly/PFPEbolaAppeal

We would be very grateful for your invaluable support in helping with the work of Future View Film Group in Sierra Leone during this ebola crisis.

George’s Report – No. 8

Blantyre and Mulanje

After 5 and half weeks of travelling and screening around rural Malawi, we finally hit the metropolis of Blantyre, which, despite being the country’s business district, still seems calm, clean and friendly.

A very passionate representative from local NGO, SRGDI (Sustainable Rural Growth Development Initiative), took us 20km out of the city to Chikuli trading centre for an evening screening with an enthusiastic audience who really got into debating the issues of Mbeu Yosintha.

The next day, we travelled 40km south to Nkando trading centre, 20km from Mulanje, the epic mount Mulanje shimmering through the heat haze. Our friendly rep from REFORD took us on a tour into town, past vast tea plantations and onto the lower slopes of the lush, green mountain.

We had a great double-bill that evening of both Mawa Langa and Mbeu Yosintha, with insightful discussions from the area’s younger members, who excitedly cheered each other on.

And then we came back to Blantyre and arrived at the big four-oh! Our final screening was at Blantyre Secondary School with MANAD. It was unique to all the previous 39, the audience being made up of deaf members of the community. It was pretty amazing to see them engaging with Mawa Langa and then discuss the characters and issues in great detail – one aspiring filmmaker even pointed out the storyboarding and directing tips he’d picked up – another first for the Kugawana festival.

And that pretty much sums up our experience over the past 6 weeks. We have shown PFP’s fantastic, educational dramas across the length and breadth of Malawi – and every single screening and audience has been memorable and special in its own way. From the reactions to the comments; from the venues to the ever-changing beauty of the country – it has been one special journey.