Our local distribution team, Salome and Lennox, have now completed a month long tour screening our latest drama production, ‘Lisilojulikana (The Unknown)’, across the Samburu region of Kenya carrying out 15 screenings to various community groups and reaching over 1700 people. Lisilojulikana is a drama which challenges the stigma and myths surrounding the children who suffer from cerebral palsy.
Salome, who works for the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), reported that the trip was extremely positive with lots of people coming forward after the screening to talk to her about support and help for their disabled relative. On one occassion, an elderly lady got very emotional during one of the screenings. Salome discovered that she was caring for her disabled grandson after the mother had run away. Salome took the grandmother to the National Council and insisted that they register the grandson. A few days later the man from the National Council called Salome to say that he had been registered for school along with several other children and adults. Salome believes the film is helping in many ways as it informs people that children with disability can also learn, it challenges peoples’ idea of disability as a curse, it helps people with disability to gain acceptance and it informs people about the therapy and support available to them. Salome says there is still a long, long way to go however already she feels she has accomplished a lot and is very keen to conduct further screening tours across the country.
FUTURE VIEW FILM GROUP @ 51 STOCCO ROAD MAKENI
After picking up the keys to the new FVFG office on Wednesday 10th June, the Group very quickly got settled in and are already feeling the benefit of this designated work space. They now have somewhere safe and secure to store all of their equipment including the solar powered backpack cinema kit PFP handed over to them earlier this year. And training sessions are underway enabling the Group members to keep their skills up to date as well as learning new techniques and practices. Tyson Conteh, Group leader wrote “the group just want to send a lots of thanks to PFP for this wonderful opportunity they give us and to let you know we are excited for this office, what can we say, just thank you thank you thank you we promise to do our best to keep and the best out of this office”.
STREET CHILDREN FILM SCREENINGS IN SIERRA LEONE
Our partners in Sierra Leone, CoDWeIA, have been achieving great things with their latest screenings of the PFP street children advocacy film ‘Support We and We Will Be’. Alfred Kargbo, Director, has now carried out 8 screenings across 4 towns to groups of police, social welfare staff and a police family support unit. Prior to the screenings the groups discussed the issues regarding street children. They complained that the children are a problem and they do not know what to do to rid them from the streets. They perceive the huge numbers of street children as a public nuisance and a security threat. They also believe that street children are disobedient, criminals and evil. Alfred also reported that based on his findings from street work in Waterloo, the Ebola epidemic has caused a dramatic increase in the numbers of street children because of the increased sufferings in households, with many children loosing their parents.
However following the screenings their attitudes changed. Many realised that street children have their reason for being on the streets and should not be blamed. Street children should be given more opportunities and supported through education and provided with family care. Community members should join hands to support the children saying “these are our children”.
All of them agreed that something must be done urgently to take them off the streets or else, as they said “ these street children will grow up to become hooligans, untamed vandals, thieves and drug addicts that society will not be able to contain…”.
PFP are very pleased to be supporting Alfred with these screenings and we hope to be able to support him with further distribution of the film in the months ahead.
CEREBRAL PALSY FILM ON TOUR
We welcome Salome and Lennox to Team PFP! They have just completed a month long screening programme in the north of Kenya taking our latest cerebral palsy drama production – ‘Lisilojulikana (The Unknown)’ – to audiences in small towns and rural communities in and around Samburu.
Salome works for the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya based in Nairobi. She provides mothers of disabled children with support and access to treatment. This is a challenging role for Salome as mothers often feel ashamed of their disabled child – persuading a mother to seek help and advice takes a lot of persistence by Salome. After first watching the film, Salome was very excited about the potential this film offered and had lots of suggestions on where screenings could take place . She and Lennox quickly arranged for a screening to take place on a Friday evening in one of the Nairobi slum areas. It was a great success and seemed to reach out to the community in a very positive and effective way delivering the message about supporting those living with disability. However the real success of that screening was when Salome went into work on Monday morning. Four mothers were waiting to talk to her and discuss treatment and the help ADPK could provide for their disabled children. She was very happy about this as she said getting four mothers to come and openly discuss disability and bring their children was unheard of. These women had said that the film had shown them that their child was not useless, that they could go to school and achieve great things with their life just like anyone else. We are very lucky to have Salome working for us as she has a real understanding of the issues these mothers face and really identifies with the film and the positive and powerful message it conveys. So we are really excited to hear how Salome and Lennox have got on over the past month and look forward to updating you over the coming weeks.
We have had a very busy couple of months of fundraising. Congratulations go to The Two Robs and Ann Evans for successfully completing their sponsored events and raising in excess of £2,500. We raised a staggering £682 at our annual spring Book Sale and the Stocklinch Bridge Lunch raised £441. Thank you to everyone who as supported us in all of these events. This has been a tremendous boost to our much needed funds.
GIVE AS YOU LIVE
For those of you not yet signed up to Give As You Live – an online shopping fundraiser – please follow the link below to set yourselves up and start raising funds today. This year we are focussing on using the funds raised through Give As You Live to help pay for the FVFG training & office space so please don’t delay in helping us reach our target of £1000.
We welcome two new volunteers to PFP, Dave Hood and Jo Thomas, who are very kindly spending time helping us with our fundraising activities. If you know of anybody who may have a little bit of spare time to help us with fundraising and general office support, please get in touch.
Purple Field Productions – www. purplefieldproductions.org – Registered charity number: 1127076
Purple Field Productions have been working with Future View Film Group since early 2013 developing their film making techniques and supporting the group in its productions of new, educational films for the benefit of Sierra Leonean communities.
Throughout the Ebola crisis and following the annoucement by the World Health Organisation declaring Sierra Leone Ebola free, Future View Film Group have remained committed to providing their communities with vital life saving advice and information through educational films and music videos.
Purple Field Productions had planned to build on training provided to members of the Future View Film Group in January 2014 by sending a film trainer out to work with the group in the autumn of 2014. However with the outbreak of Ebola our plans had to be postponed and an alternative distance learning training programme was devised by a PFP Associate Producer using online and skype tutorials for the trainees to follow.
This training not only enhanced the skills of the members but it also provided a much needed distraction and morale boost to the group during this very difficult period.
Summary of Achievements to Date
– We had planned to send a film trainer out to Sierra Leone in the autumn of 2014 to continue with our training programme for the group however these plans had to be postponed and instead we set up an online script writing course with tutorials delivered via skype. Not only did this enhance the skills of the members in this area but it provided a much needed distraction and morale boost for the group.
– At the outbreak of the Ebola crisis Future View Film Group completed and released their first music video ‘Ebola is Real’ in August 2015 – a film aimed at combating the spread of Ebola and encouraging safe practices and encourages them to listen to suggested and necessary precautions from the health authorities .This video became part of the Ministry of Healths education programme.
– Completion of second music video ‘Zero Stigma for Survivors’ aimed at addressing the stigmatisation survivors face from their communities and convincing them that their behaviour is wrong.
– Distribution of both music videos throughout Sierra Leone both on national TV and on through local video shacks in towns and villages around the country.
– Completion of a three month training programme covering film making and sound recording, script writing skills, and editing training.
– Developed the winning entry from the script writing competition into final script for the Ebola the Invisible Enemy short drama production.
– Commenced production of Ebola is the Invisible Enemy in December 2015. based on their own experiences and specifically designed to remind their audience of the steps they must follow to prevent any future outbreak turning into an epidemic. This is an incredibly moving story, and one likely to have a powerful and very important impact on all who see it.
Following the completion of their latest production, FVFG plan to distribute this educational film about Ebola prevention and treatment using a solar powered back pack cinema kit carrying out screenings in communities across the country. A UK representative will take one of our latest solar powered cinema kits out to Sierra Leone in February 2016 and spend time with the group training them in the use of the kit and developing a distribution strategy. The provision of this much needed distriution kit will provide FVFG with the means to distribute and screen their films to thousands of people living in disadvantaged communities in Sierra Leone giving them access to vital health information about a range of issues, empowering them with knowledge and allowing them the opportunity to make informed decisions.
In October 2014 we had intended to send a film trainer out to continue with training the members of the Future View Film Group, a group of trainee film makers living in Makeni, Sierra Leone. However as a result of the Ebola crisis these plans were postponed. Instead Sam Liebmann, PFP Associate Producer, set up an online script writing course for the group to follow with tutorials delivered via Skype. This not only enhanced the skills of the members but also provided a much needed distraction and morale boost during this difficult time.
This training programme concluded in a script writing competition focusing on the issues surrounding Ebola, and it is planned that PFP will support FVFG in turning the winner into a film with production starting in late 2015.
We are extremely proud of Future View Film Group who showed enormous courage and strength throughout this crisis reaching out to support their communities in many ways. With PFP support and finance they produced two music videos; the first, ‘Ebola is Real’, released at the start of the Ebola outbreak, aimed at encouraging cooperation with the health authorities in the face of the Ebola epidemic, and to indicate the steps that people could take to help protect themselves from the disease. The group did a great job, completing a powerful production in just three weeks. They managed to secure screening at a national level and this proved so successful that it even caught the attention of Prince William who himself produced a short clip endorsing his support for FVFG and their music video. The second video they made, ‘Zero Stigma for Survivors’ released in March 2015, addressed the stigma that survivors face when returning to their communities. This again has reached audiences nationally and successfully achieved its objective of changing attitudes and behaviour from within communities.
We were also able to ship out some extra training equipment for use by the group – one laptop for editing, external hard drive, shotgun microphone, three small Sony handycams and some tapes thus enabling the group to carry out editing work and training without having to make the journey to Freetown.
Whilst the Ebola crisis was at its peak the situation was very desperate for all our trainees and very sadly two of the group’s members died as a result of Ebola in December 2014. However through the generosity of all of our supporters and our crowd fundraising appeal we were able provide much needed funds to support the group with additional food, hygiene and mobile-phone communication at this time. It was only through this overwhelming response that we were able to offer this support and we are enormously grateful to everybody who made this possible.
We hereby give notice of our 2015 Annual General Meeting taking place in The Minster Rooms, Court Barton ,Ilminster TA19 0DU on Wednesday 21st October at 7.15pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm.
Following on from the AGM there will be a short interval before we demonstrate our mobile solar powered back pack cinema kit. We will then be screening our latest film ‘The Unknown’ – a cerebral palsy drama set in Kenya highlighting the problems and issues children and their families face in their communities. We hope to be able to close the evening at 9.45pm.
We look forward to seeing you there and sharing our latest production with you as well as updating you on our work over the past year and our plans for the year ahead.