Posts in Category: Volunteers’ Diaries

Where few cinemas have gone before!

Day 7 saw the cinema team taking the rucksack cinema to Thotomsinje in Malawi. As you can see by the terrain, this village would not get a lot of visits for the purpose of showing a film.

Field Officer Jericho and his assistant Lameck crossing some of the more challenging terrain

Earlier, there had been a small problem with the pedal-dynamo and a local craftsman was able to do a bit of maintenance so that the tour could continue.

Generating sparks with the angle grinder

With Electric Pedals in Malawi – Part 2

Film screening in Usisya, Malawi

“Having joined the amazing Temwa staff in Usisya, Malawi, we launched the Purple Field Productions (PFP) pedal powered cinema to the local villagers. 150 people came to see a PFP film about conservation agriculture, which, using local people as actors, demonstrates different method of farming to help increase crop yields. The film was well received and generated much debate.”

Ingrid Hesling, 6th June 2013

With Electric Pedals in Malawi

“We safely arrived in Mzuzu and hit the ground running with a demonstration of the pedal power cinema to Plan Malawi in Mzuzu this morning.

Moyo powering the rucksack cinema

Plan Malawi are hoping to be involved with Purple Field Productions (PFP) proposed Malawi Mobile Film Festival next year which is great news.

Staff of Plan Malawi watching ULIMI

Tomorrow we are off to Temwa’s Usisya office to work out the logistics required to begin the distribution of PFP ULIMI films to new audiences. We will be staying in tents on Lake Malawi!”

Ingrid Hesling, 5th June 2013

Latest from Sierra Leone

Saturday December 8th

We have identified our participants, both adult and child, and yesterday was the first day of the Shoot. Here, volunteers representing a cross section of Sierra Leone society enter into discussion re attitudes surrounding street children. In the days to
come, they will be leading the audience on a journey to learn more about the realities surrounding the lives and feelings of the children themselves.

No. 3 News from Elpseth Waldie Filming the Latest PFP Project in Kenya

Volunteers have made Juliah a special chair using APT technology. The whole thing is made from paper and card, and it is carefully designed to meet Juliah’s needs in terms of supporting her feet, knees and arm. British physiotherapist, Fiona, discusses our next shot with Kenyan physiotherapist, Rachel. Our cameramen do likewise.

At the end of our session with Juliah, we asked if we could just take some shots of her relaxing with her friends. With permission of the head teacher, three of them joined us, and the chatter and laughter that ensued was lovely to behold. Apparently, the main question the others were asking – and which caused so much giggling – was, “What are you going to tell your mother?”

Colin will be shocked. Sunday came round again, so we took a second day off ! This time went to Lake Nakuru National Park. It was absolutely magical, and we saw a leopard, giraffes, zebra, antelope, hippos, white rhino, wild boar, monkeys, baboon, buffalo, dik dik and lots and lots of beautiful birds. I felt extremely lucky.

After a day on the edit, we returned to the clinic this morning in order to collect footage to illustrate some of the deformities that can develop in children with cerebral palsy. Such deformity can sometimes be prevented or minimized, but early intervention is essential. So our job was to show trainee therapists what to watch out for. 
Later, we went back to the home of Stephen – where once again we were greeted by our canine friends!

Our last day of filming was a joyous one. Little Collins finds the physical act of eating both difficult and painful, and his devoted parents have had great difficulty feeding him. However, our therapists were able to suggest several ways of helping – including putting Collins in a standing frame which made it much easier for him to swallow. So after consuming a nourishing meal of avocado and milk, Collins gave us a lovely smile with which to end the shoot.

One participant has not been invited to the leaving party. Yesterday, they walked right across in front of the cameras, let out an earth-shattering noise into the microphones – and then refused to sign a permission form. A donkey, no less !