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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.

“Facing Forward” to be shown on the Community Channel

The film, Facing Forward, which PFP made in Rwanda, in conjunction with the youth charity rYico, has been selected by the Community Channel and will shortly be appearing on television in the UK.

It is scheduled at the following times on Sky 539 and Virgin TV 233 (24 hours x 7 days-a-week) and Freeview 87 (daily 06.00 – 09.00):

01.07.08 – 21.00
04.07.08 – 09.00, 13.00, 17.00, 21.00, 01.00, 05.00
18.08.08 – 09.30, 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
21.08.08 – 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
25.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30
28.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30

This is only the initial run. The Community Channel have stated that Facing Forward will be aired many more times in the future.

"Facing Forward" to be shown on the Community Channel

The film, Facing Forward, which PFP made in Rwanda, in conjunction with the youth charity rYico, has been selected by the Community Channel and will shortly be appearing on television in the UK.

It is scheduled at the following times on Sky 539 and Virgin TV 233 (24 hours x 7 days-a-week) and Freeview 87 (daily 06.00 – 09.00):

01.07.08 – 21.00
04.07.08 – 09.00, 13.00, 17.00, 21.00, 01.00, 05.00
18.08.08 – 09.30, 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
21.08.08 – 15.30, 21.30, 03.30
25.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30
28.08.08 – 07.30, 13.30, 17.30, 01.30

This is only the initial run. The Community Channel have stated that Facing Forward will be aired many more times in the future.

Facing Forward selected for internet TV channel

Peace One Day TVFacing Forward has been selected for the new internet television channel “Peace One Day TV”