PFP Library

The Unknown

A new drama for individuals and families living with cerebral palsy in Kenya.

IMG_1172It is bad enough not being able to walk and play with other children, but how do you overcome the fear and superstition that surrounds you? Grace has cerebral palsy and when her father dies and she is sent to live with an aunt in another village some people  think she has a curse.

How can she show them the truth?
Will it ever be possible to win acceptance?

Purple Field Productions presents this new drama, made in association with Kenyan partners, using local people as actors and advisors. It reflects the reality that many people with cerebral palsy face on in daily life.



(Seeds of Change)

A powerful drama of rural life in Malawi.

moses moment

Made in association with YONECO (Youthnet & Counselling) in Zomba, Malawi

Before he dies Chief Nkhoma has a dream – to see his village happy, well fed & successful.
He knows he has to introduce change to his village

– farming methods to cope with lack of rains
– persuading farmers to work together to make money
– and to plant trees for the future generations

But change is always difficult. Chief Nhkoma’s village and even his own son seem set against him. Will his determination be enough? Can an old man bring a vision of a brighter future and hope to his village?

Purple Field Productions working with Malawian NGO YONECO (Youth Net & Counselling) have produced seeds of change with local people to create a true Malawi/UK Co-production. Working with local cast & crew members, musicians, writers, researchers & translators mbeu yosintha is a film made especially for rural Malawian audiences.

Created as an educational resource – this gripping and emotional film is a fine piece of African drama.

Watch the whole film on our YouTube Channel PURPLEFIELDONLINE

Change with the Climate


(Change with the Climate)
Made in association with The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) – a UK registered charity concerned to further collaborative conservation and sustainable development in the Albertine Rift Region of Africa.

Volunteer Crew:
Mark Rimmer – Director and Cameraman
Sam Woolf – Editor and Cameraman
Elspeth Waldie – Producer

Mountain environments not only contribute greatly to the beauty of our world but they also fulfill a multitude of vital functions including the provision of fuel, food and medicinal products, the storage of carbon, the purification of air and water and the regulation of water flow. However, the ecosystems involved are seriously threatened by climate change with significant implications for the people that depend upon them.
In the Albertine Rift region of Africa, the ice in high mountains such as those of the Rwenzori range, is already beginning to melt and many incidences show that climate change has started to affect both the environment and people’s livelihoods. However there is, as yet, very little information reaching the local communities either to explain what is happening or most crucially, to suggest adaption strategies which they might adopt in order to cope.

This film is designed specifically for screening in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda and has been produced in Kinyarwanda. It includes case studies from the local communities together with practical solutions to the problems that local people face.

The film shares lessons on traditional and innovative practices that can be used by local people in order to adapt. Concentrating on four types of strategy in particular- bamboo domestication, beekeeping, organic farming and agroforestry.
The supply of bamboo from the forest has come under greater threat due to climate change and an increase in the population. The only real alternative is to help and encourage local communities to grow their own bamboo. In the film you meet several local farmers who explain the cultivation process and describe the benefits that have accrued to them as a result.

Traditional beekeeping involves the use of a smoking process using an open fire on a shallow clay bowl. This practice frequently leads to forest fires. Our film therefore suggests the use of modern bellow smokers that do not involve the same risks.
The film also highlights the devastating effects chemical pesticides are having on the bee population. In the film you will learn about organic farming projects and the effectiveness of organic insecticides in combating this issue.
You also learn about agroforestry from Joshua, an organic farmer who has adopted intercropping practices that not only improve yields but add nitrates to the soil.

This film provides real hope in the face of climate change and enables farmers to share their ideas and enthusiasm over a wide area.

(Farming Our Wealth)

Made in association with Total LandCare a Malawian NGO – three 20 minute conservation agriculture films focusing on improving farm productivity and the quality of life among rural communities and their environments.

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Director/Editor – Colin Stevens
Producer – Elspeth Waldie
Camera Operator – Olivia Prutz
Stills photographer & Production Assistant – Ingrid Hesling

The desperate levels of poverty and hunger amongst rural communities can partly be attributed to climate change creating water shortages but also to the difficulties of growing enough food from the impoverished soil. By sharing ideas and information, these three short 20 minute films reveal how farmers are overcoming these challenges and succeeding in their fields despite uncertain weather patterns.

The first film looks at conservation agriculture techniques. Through these farming practices, farmers are improving the nutrient level of the soil thereby reducing their dependence on fertilisers and ultimately achieving higher yields from their crops.

The second film addresses the need for local rural communities to replant the vital trees needed as source of fire wood. The film also demonstrates the enormous benefits that can be achieved from more efficient cooking stoves now being adopted by the villagers.

The last film showcases the benefits several farmers have achieved through diversification and business enterprise. Irrigation, crop rotation, livestock, fish farming and bee keeping are some of the examples shown that highlight the opportunities available.

These films offer an inspiring vision for Malawian farmers to help them improve their livelihoods and to secure their children’s future. Plans have been made to show this film throughout Malawi from May 2012.

This is an extract that has proved very popular and successful with audiences and introducing the idea of conserving wood by using brick stoves.


YouTube-Logo-1-psd52809Watch the whole film on our Youtube Channel PURPLEFIELDONLINE

THE TIME IS NOWThe Time is Now

Made in association with Cerebral Palsy Africa (CPA) – an advocacy documentary on behalf of children with cerebral palsy.

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Editor – Chad Williams
Camera & Sound – Ilinca Calugareanu
Producer & Director – Elspeth Waldie

“Their journey is long and difficult, but Janet knows that she and Richmond are among the lucky ones. Hard as it is, they can reach the clinic at Korle Bu. For many thousands of children with cerebral palsy, living outside of Accra, there is little or no access to specialized services. Richmond has physiotherapy – and, because of that, Janet has hope.”

In Ghana people with cerebral palsy often rank as the lowest on the social and economic ladder and face huge prejudice; perceived to be hopeless cases –‘bewitched’, or ‘children of vultures’, bringing intense shame on their family. Children with cerebral palsy are often abandoned.

For a huge number of children with cerebral palsy there is no chance of receiving crucial physiotherapy treatment that could make a considerable difference to their ability to function, and to the possibility of their becoming part of society.

“The Time is Now” has been made as a tool for local parents and medical staff in their campaign for an increase in services for children with cerebral palsy.

A moving film that explores the benefits which can be derived from physiotherapy for children with cerebral palsy, and which opens our eyes to the desperate need for an increase in these services within Ghana.

“The Time is Now” premiered at the British Council in Accra on the 4th February 2011

The Time is Now Trailer

ENCOURAGE, AND I CANEncourage and I Can

Made in association with Epic Arts – a 32 minute advocacy film on behalf of disabled people in Cambodia

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Editor – Sam Liebmann
Camera & Sound – Mark Jones
Production Assistant – Peter Lansdown
Producer & Director – Elspeth Waldie

The percentage of Cambodians who have some form of disability ranks amongst the highest in the world, and disabled people in Cambodia are all too often surrounded by a fear and prejudice which adds greatly to their suffering.

Chakriya is a a very determined young wheelchair user who longs for a fulfilling life. Her dreams start to become reality when she meets two especially talented, though disabled, dancers.

By telling their story, Encourage and I Can seeks to combat the audience’s fears and to encourage them, not only to involve disabled people, but also to view them as valued members of society.
At the same time, by offering Chakriya and her friends as empowered working role models, it is hoped that this film will encourage young disabled people to resist the categorization of others, and to aspire to a full and equal role in their community.

Khymer sign language is added to make the film accessible to those who are deaf as well as those with other disabilities.

Encourage, and I Can premiered in Phnom Penh in June 2010

Encourage and I Can

You can watch the film at PURPLEFIELDONLINE


Mawa Langa (My Tomorrow)

Made in association with Temwa and YONECO – a 51 minute participatory HIV and AIDS awareness drama for primary school children in Malawi

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Director/Editor – Colin Stevens
Producer/Scriptwriter & Camera 2 – Elspeth Waldie
Director of Photography – Moncho Aldamiz
Sound Recording & Design – Fraser McFadyen
Production Assistant – Peter Lansdown

The dreams of Tobias and Effie are threatened, and Effie is in very real danger. Can the two children overcome the challenges that confront them?

Malawian primary school children star in this drama which deals with common issues relating to HIV & AIDS. Children watching the film are encouraged to think about, and to discuss, what steps they can take to protect themselves from contracting the disease. The film is designed to be shown in an educational environment, and is distributed with a users’ leaflet and suggestions for a wide variety of discussion topics and follow-up activities.

Mawa Langa was specially created for children in Malawi. In a country with only a 1% prevalence rate of HIV amongst children aged 5-12, this age group has been called a ‘window of hope’. If these children can be taught how to protect themselves against HIV & AIDS before they reach puberty, the result could be a dramatic overall reduction in the prevalence of the disease. With this aim in view, plans have been made to tour the film all over Malawi.


Mawa Langa (My Tomorrow) Trailer

Watch the whole drama at PURPLEFIELDONLINE

Steps No Ramps Yes

Made in association with the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) – a 23 minute documentary intended to give voice to the disabled people of Bangladesh and, in particular, to express their deep-felt concerns and frustrations regarding the lack of access for wheelchair-users.

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Director – Alex Richardson
Producer – Elspeth Waldie
Research Assistant – Liz Timms
Production Assistant – Susanna Mullett

Wheelchair Users’ Film Group Crew:
Minu Akter (Assistant Director), Sabiha, Rooma & Riaj

In Bangladesh there are very few ramps – and steps, ledges and broken surfaces are to be found everywhere. Consequently the wheelchair-user finds him or herself virtually imprisoned in their home. Opportunities to get out, to enter fully into society – for educational, work or social reasons – are extremely limited. S/he is effectively denied the right to live life to the full, to make their own contribution to the community, or to reach their true potential.

Steps, No! Ramps,Yes! has been made by a film crew who are themselves wheelchair-users, and it embodies a plea from the heart – a call to their fellow citizens to think anew about the accessibility of their buildings.

It tells the story of Reza who, late one evening, was working in a mobile phone shop in Dhaka when gangsters entered the shop and shot him. He had been left in charge and had refused to hand over his employer’s money. Up until then, Reza had been studying at university and had had high hopes for a career that would enable him to provide his hard-working parents with a comfortable old age. As a result of his bravery, he is now dependent on a wheelchair. There is a real question as to whether he will be able to get any job at all.

The filmmakers go into Dhaka to examine the obstacles that confront Reza in seeking employment. They also look at how ramps can be made and added to existing buildings, talk to an employer who does employ disabled people – and who finds them to be amongst the best in their workforce – and interviews two other wheelchair users about their feelings and concerns.

Steps, No! Ramps,Yes! is targeted primarily at television audiences in Bangladesh, but is also intended for use in training institutes, universities, conferences and workshops – and to a lesser extent, at screenings in the villages.

Steps, No! Ramps, Yes! Trailer

People Like Us
(People Like Us)
Made in association with Temwa – a half-hour educational film about HIV and AIDs – the first of its kind in the Tumbuka language.

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Filmed & Directed by Martin Coyne and Elspeth Waldie
Production Assistant – Liz Timms

Three HIV positive people from rural northern Malawi speak about their experience of living with HIV in a country where information is scarce, and attitudes towards those infected are based upon myth as much as on fact. Through their honesty, openness and enthusiasm, they talk us through the often-traumatic experience of finding out about their infection, the reactions of those around them and the lives they are living today. Above all, their stories are full of hope and encouragement and show the benefits to be gained from getting tested and knowing one’s HIV status.

People Like Us is especially designed to fit in with the local culture and to be taken round the villages. It is hoped that with the message it conveys will increase understanding about HIV and AIDS, encourage people to get tested, and reduce the stigma that sufferers experience.

UK Premiere at The Cube Cinema in Bristol on 23 January 2008.

Banthu Ngati Ise (People Like Us) Trailer

Facing ForwardMade in association with the Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico) – a half-hour documentary to support the peace initiatives of the Rwandan people in re-building their country after the Genocide of 1994

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Filmed & Directed by David Mowbray and Elspeth Waldie

In the case of Facing Forward, PFP was specifically asked to design the film in order raise awareness in the UK about the many positive aspects of the country – to challenge the common perception of Rwanda as a land still torn by ethnic violence, and to show that although Rwanda may be poor in economic terms, it is incredibly rich in others.

The film was made during the autumn/winter of 2006, and received its first showing at the University of Sussex in the presence of the Rwandan Ambassador on 3 May 2007. A number of other shows have since taken place, and the film will now be sent to schools, colleges, universities and other groups throughout the UK.

“The film … charts the opening of Centre Marembo, a unique centre dedicated to housing and educating the vulnerable young people of Rwanda left homeless due to the impact of the genocide. The film is both moving and uplifting, demonstrating the strength and resilience of the Rwandan people and their desire to work together to build a new future. The high production values and beautiful footage throughout also show a glimpse of the Rwanda that other coverage has not necessarily revealed; a country of great majesty and grace that its people are understandably proud to belong to.” – Dr Nathalie Teitler – Refugee Action

Facing Forward Trailer

Radio BhaiMade in association with the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) – a two-hour feature film designed to combat the fear and superstition surrounding disability in Bangladesh.

Shaidul Alam Sachchu and Rehana Samdani

PFP Volunteer Crew:
Director of Photography – Andrew Kuchanny
Assistant Director – David Brookfield
Camera Operators – Mark Rimmer & Lars Skageberg
Camera Assistant – Deborah Hurst
Sound Recordist – Loz Evans
Editors – Jibunnessa Abdullah & other members of the Team
Producer & Scriptwriter – Elspeth Waldie

Radio Bhai is intended primarily for rural audiences in communities where the superstition which surrounds disability is at its greatest and, for this reason, follows the lines of a normal Bangladeshi love story. There is just one significant difference – the hero is a wheelchair user, as is the real-life actor who portrays him. The audience is left in no doubt that a person with disabilities can be everything that the Bangladeshi hero is perceived to be.

On returning to his village for the first time after illness has rendered him paralysed from the waist down, Rafiq finds himself confronted by fear and superstition. He had looked forward to meeting again with Poppy his childhood sweetheart, but now finds that her parents no longer approve of him. Working hard to regain their confidence, he appears near to success when a murdered body is found in the village and Poppy’s father is arrested for the crime. In total despair, Poppy’s mother points the finger of accusation at Rafiq and declares that he has an evil wind. Even Poppy appears to believe her. Only by finding the true murderer, and thus proving the innocence of both himself and his sweetheart’s father, can Rafiq have any hope of winning the hand of the girl he loves.

Radio Bhai premiered at the British Council in Dhaka on 23 December 2006. In addition to the free shows put on by CRP in rural communities, it has been shown at the Asian Spinal Cord Network Conference (ASCoN) and also at the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre in Dhaka. The UK Premiere took place at the Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster on 14 April 2007.

“We loved the film! And it has a powerful message which will hopefully go a long way to improving attitudes towards disabled people in Bangladesh (and possibly here, too, because of the central part played so brilliantly by Shatti).” – Member of the Ilminster audience

Radio Bhai Trailer