Creating film in Senegal

Associate Producer Colin Stevens has just returned from 3 weeks in Western Senegal where he was working with Kambeiŋ Community Group who are keen to learn how to create their own educational films after discovering the Purple Field Productions film – Trees & Stoves- in 2014. We supported the young team to dub the original film from Malawi into their own regional dialect, Mandinka, and the group have since explored how to make films themselves.

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Working with a new camera and professional equipment, Colin introduced the group to new potential skills and photographic composition and how important planning and creative thinking were to making films with impact. Working in French and Mandinka the challenges were high but the group were given plenty of encouragement and succeeded in becoming proficient in camera skills, boom techniques and sound recording.

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Interview techniques were explored and they interviewed members of their own community to research the issues they could address with film and screening activities. Because of Colin’s experience with Drama the group were keen to explore creative drama as they already know that documentary, whilst very worthwhile, is less attractive to local audiences than a good story with characters that people can relate to. Kouyate, a leading member of the group told Colin “Last year we showed a documentary and we had to tell villagers to stop talking at the important bits. They like drama and stories better.”

Colin will be giving a full report soon but he is impressed with the talent in Kambeiŋ and hopes they can overcome the substantial obstacles – very little phone reception, no internet, lots of dust – to build their dream of building a strong community film group who will not only be able to help their communities but also provide some future source of employment and income working with other partners such as the National Park, NGOs and government services.

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Training in Senegal

Following their successful training with Filmmakers Tyson and Abrahim from Sierra Leone (Future View Film Group) the young group in Senegal are ready to develop skills further. We are delighted that Associate Producer Colin Stevens is able to take time out of his schedule to go and work with them for an intense 18-day course.

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Discussing script with actor & producer in Malawi

Colin, who has extensive experience working with young people in Malawi, is excited to be visiting the new group and discovering how best to help them make a difference to their rural communities who are dealing with social and environmental issues.

Film has given the group a taste for engaging in positive social debate and problem-solving and they will be looking to develop: their camera and sound skills, styles of documentary and drama, storytelling and developing ideas into effective films.

Early days of interview technique in Senegal

Early days of interview technique in Senegal

The group already have some experience of showing films with their pedal power cinema and know how powerful a tool film can be in improving people’s lives. Part of the the training will also involve making a new short film that will explore the issues that need addressing with the local communities in their region. This brings about a new element to their work – the responsibility of filmmakers when creating films about social and environmental change.

We wish Colin and the team in Senegal all the best for a great training project.

2017 – New Audiences in Kenya

Our amazing team of two , Salome and Senior, are back from yet another tour with the solar cinema and “Lisilojulikana”. This time they went to Kwale County where they carried out another eleven screenings reaching a further 900 plus people. In this area, they found a great deal of superstition and stigma surrounding cerebral palsy and disability. Salome is repeatedly telling us that the film is challenging people to rethink the issue in a very positive way. It is helping her in her work with Disability Rights.

 

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These two pictures show how Salome manages to set up the screen in all sorts of situations. The first is from the previous tour in Maai Mahui and the second from the last tour in Kwali

 

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KENYA – “The Unknown” truly makes a difference

Our distribution manager, Salome, continues to send amazing stories resulting from showing the film.Here are just a few extracts.

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Most if not all our audience liked the drama in the film and the message it carried through. Some wept during and after the film. People confessed of their ignorance of the real cause of Cerebral Palsy as they previously thought it was a curse. They were now able to gather that cerebral Palsy was not a curse and that children having this disability should be loved, treated with respect, care and love both from parents and relatives as demonstrated by actors like CHRISTINE and ISACK. I was delighted with this outcome.

One parent brought us her son disabled with Cerebral Palsy. I was able to talk with her in the same regard and offered her advice and help to enable her place her son in a special school.

I met a man who confessed to me that he divorced his wife after conceiving a child with Cerebral Palsy thinking it was a curse. We spoke for quite some time and by the end of our discussion he was ready to ask for forgiveness from and bring his wife back.

I received many calls from parents in MERU asking me to assist with the placement and registration onto special schools of their disabled children a fact demonstrating the existence of this disability in MERU county thus underlining the importance of our screening and the need to continue with future screening to disseminate awareness in MERU county and other counties within the region.

I was busy showing film around Nairobi Westland sub-county school which was good. I had wish to do screening in naivasha,gilgil and Nyahururu if you facilitate me.
Allow me to share a story of a girl in Isiolo who was neglected with Cp till she had bed sore the girl was brought to Nairobi by ambulance to where I was and I nurse her for three day God opened a way and I got a sponsor and right now she is in kijabe hospital doing good. Thanks to PFP through showing the film the girl was saved. She is Sabina.

These stories and more are the reason we keep on doing what we do despite always struggling for funding and ensuring that our ethic of working with local people continues. To find out how you can help click here

Sierra Leone December 2016

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Associate Producer and long time supporter of Future View Film Group in Sierra Leone, Sam Liebmann spent five weeks before Christmas helping the young film group make a new educational farming and agriculture film for their rural communities. Planning has taken over 18months involving full consultation with farmers, villagers, NGOs and Government experts.

The film will be both a valuable tool for the communities in the Makeni region of Sierra Leone and beyond, plus a vital learning experience for Future View. A full page of behind the scenes information and photos will be online soon. You can find out more about Future View  by clicking their logo.

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