Posts in Category: Project – Ulimi Mchuma Chathu (Farming Our Wealth)

Solar Powered Cinema – Report 3

17/8, chamama with dream org
18/8, vitstuto with buildon org
19/8, kaperula with kaperula youth org
20/8, mdoni with kaperula org
22/8, kayesa with philadephila CBO,
24/8, office work
25/8, bua@k20000 with miracle org
26/8,chinkhoma@k16 000  with miracle
27/8, mawawa@k16 with Lucaso
28/8, chisings@k19 500 with chisings CBO,
31/8,kadifula@ k17  000 with good health org.

Organisation: ? 130 people with 50% men, 30% women and 20 children.
Organisation : chikondi CBO Approximately number; 250  men 60%, women 20% and children 20%.
Organisation: buildon
Attendance  : 90 with men 70%, women and                         children 15% respectively

Solar Powered Cinema – Report 2

Report from Fraser McFadyen – UK Representative
Our screenings are well underway and during the past two weeks we have undertaken 16 screenings to audiences in excess of 2000. We have also been able to carry out a thorough testing on the solar powered mobile cinema kit – it has performed extremely well keeping up with our busy schedule.
The PFP agriculture films have gone down particularly well in the farming communities where they are clearly inspired and motivated to get on and try out some of the methods highlighted in the films.
The training period is also now coming to an end I’m so pleased to say that we ended this on a real high note. The last two screenings went especially well, and the one in Gogode village was one of the most memorable of the trip. Audience response to the film is always lively and warm, but in this case it was especially so; they really seemed to connect with it. Everything went so well, and we even seemed to manage to hang the screen flatter than usual, and the sound seemed louder. The partner organisation was Build On who are keen to arrange additional screenings at their other centres.
Alfred and Gentry are now fully trained and will continue with the screening programme when I leave them later this week to meet up with Jonathan Mbuna, Malawi Representative in Lilongwe where we will work together on further film distribution plans for Malawi.

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.

PFP UK Representative Vacancy – Mobile Film Festival in Malawi

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.

Mobile Film Festival in Malawi – Initial Information
PFP UK Representative – Mobile Film Festival in Malawi

Distribution News

Screening of “Change with the Climate”

We have had recent updates on distribution of three of our films in the last couple of weeks.

Firstly, the showings of the film done for CPA (Cerebral Palsy Africa) in Ghana has exceeded expectations. When Celia Stubbs went to Ghana, she worked with Joseph Sampong to show the film in a number of places. Since then, he has continued the work, showing the film to over 1,000 physiotherapists, students, nurses and healthcare professionals and having feedback and discussion sessions with them following the film.

In Rwanda, the people who have seen “Change with the Climate” were interested both in the organic pesticides and the best ways planting bamboo. The partner, ARCOS Network, have put the film on their website and on Youtube and have also sent it to associated NGOs and charities across Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.

And in Malawi the films “Farming Our Wealth” have been shown to between 1,800 and 1,900 people in the villages and areas where our partner, Total Landcare, works. The responses have been very favourable and we are looking for further ways of having these shown in areas where the information is needed.