At the end of 2012, Elspeth and the team visiting Sierra Leone met a group of young filmmakers in Makeni, Future View Movie Group. Enthusiastic about film, drama and the educational powers of this media, the young people lacked equipment to be able to make the films that they wanted to. The leader of the group, Tyson – who worked with the Purple Field Productions team as a cameraman and interpreter – had been motivating the group to write scripts dealing with local issues that they then presented in schools as dramas.
We have been working towards providing the group with additional expertise in filmmaking techniques and equipment maintenance and on 25th January, John and Charlotte – and several bags of equipment – flew out to Sierra Leone to begin the first phase of a planned two year training programme.
The young people have received John and Charlotte warmly and enthusiastically, absorbing their knowledge and direction.
So far, they have been drafting and fine-tuning a script, finding suitable locations for filming, casting, checking and recording sound clips and rehearsing reading for filming next week.
Ibrahim Kamara from the group sent us this message: “The two expatriates that are presently in Sierra Leone ( Makeni ) are really focus on their purpose and they have greatly impact lots of knowledge in us ,they have no doubt in all areas and their medium of communications is quite understood to the least Person, to crown it all they are virsertile in all filming aspects. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT SUPPORT .”
Our forthcoming Mobile Film Festival in Malawi offers an exciting and worthwhile opportunity to make a real contribution to the welfare of rural communities in one of the poorest countries in the world.
PFP is seeking someone with a real commitment to development, good organisational skills and experience of traveling in Africa to go out to Malawi for six weeks during the summer of 2014 in order to join our Mobile Film Festival Team in the role of UK Representative.
This is a volunteer post with no pay, but airfares, work-related travel within Africa, and board and lodging are all provided.
For further information including job description and how to apply, please click on the links below.