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Projects Update

Our ongoing activities in Sierra Leone relate to the distribution of our feature film on safe motherhood, Di Kombra Di Krai“, as well as our positive ongoing link with the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film (MBS). There have been very productive training programmes held, leading to a short documentary that has been central to the recent WASH campaign, aimed to increase the understanding of clean water and sanitisation issues in and around Makeni, Sierra Leone.

The campaign was planned and facilitated by Bashiru Koroma, a trainer at MBS who had previously worked closely with our Director of Training and Production, Rick Elgood, in facilitating our initial training programme and the production of the short WASH documentary.

The team recently visited the capital city of Freetown to share their message and had an interview with African Young Voices, a leading TV broadcaster dedicated to the promotion and development of youth activities in Sierra Leone. The team also held an hour-long radio discussion with Radio Democracy to help raise awareness of such an important topic.

In regards to Di Kombra Di Krai (Cry of a Mother), we have worked with EducAid, which has resulted in a pilot programme of school and community screenings being carried out in Port Loko where several participants were interviewed about what they learned from the film. These can be found on our social media channels. (October 2022)

We are proud and excited about our ongoing activities in Malawi. We have an enthusiastic and accomplished local training group in The Kasungu Film Collective (TKFC), with a capable facilitator in Patiel Mizeck and an experienced community distribution manager in Alfred Mtapaonga. We have also been very successful in engaging with TV and radio stations to distribute our productions and raise awareness of ongoing issues. We have established links with the country director of Standing Voice, the NGO that advocates for Albinism awareness. We hope to partner with them on the co-production of a feature-length drama next year.

A recent production, which we hope to share soon, is a feature film called “Beyond Sight” and aims to become a valuable resource to tackle the stigma of blindness through emphasising the ability, not the disability, of persons with sight impairment. Storyboarding, script writing, and production took place this summer, with editing work currently ongoing. We are working on a partnership with Yamba Malawi, a large charitable organisation that sponsors youth centres throughout Malawi, to screen the film in multiple locations, as well as on TV and radio.

Another short film which is now completed is “Dying Inside”, an awareness feature on the understanding of mental health issues in young people, specifically gender politics and male depression. We hope that we can get the film broadcast on local TV, through social media, as well as in short film festivals. We also intend on reaching out to mental health NGOs/projects such as Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project in order to help raise awareness. Watch Dying Inside here. (October 2022)

We are increasingly optimistic about our ongoing activities in Kenya. As many of our supporters will know, PFP has a long history of collaborating with some wonderful people within the country, which has led to award-winning feature film productions such as Lisilojulikana, “The Unknown,” as well as a widespread programme of community distribution, spearheaded by Salome Jordano, who you can find out more about here.

Our current trainee programme, led by Peter Bwire, has resulted in the recruitment of new trainees, with the group now producing 2 minute clips using their smart phones on issues they feel are important within their community. These clips will be judged in order to assess the talent, current skill levels, and what further training may be required.

Once complete, the next stage of the Chrous Box training group’s training will be to produce a short documentary that evidences the impact that screenings of Lisilojulikana “The Unknown” have had at the Gran Amour Centre on persons with CP and their families in the wider community. It also provides a further opportunity to draw on the experiences of Salome Jordano, the director of the centre, who has been championing the community facilitation programme for several years. (October 2022)

Latest News

We are very excited to share our brand new Annual Report for the year 2021. The report is jam-packed with details on our operations in 2021, what we delivered, and what we have to look forward to in 2022. Hard copies are being mailed to individuals on our existing distribution list, if you aren’t on the list and would like to receive a hard copy, please email us at: admin@purplefieldproductions.org. (February 2022)

PFP Annual Report 2021

Currently, PFP is supporting in the production of films and training of filmmakers in four African countries, so a Christmas puzzler set in Africa seemed like a good idea.
Please enjoy this testing quiz and watch this space for answers to be posted after Christmas. (December 2021)

Christmas African Puzzler 2021

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who participated in our African Christmas Puzzler.
We are delighted to report that a fantastic £490 was raised, which will be put to use on some major PFP projects this year. Thank you very much. (January 2022)

Christmas African Puzzler 2021 Answers

Spring Newsletter

Purple Field Productions' continued response to COVID-19

As the latest advice and news regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly, PFP continues to closely monitor and respond to the situation and the impact on the people and communities we work alongside.

PFP clearly has an important role to play, and our recent experiences in co-producing COVID-19 awareness music videos, have demonstrated that we have the capability of operating even in the most trying of circumstances.

As an organisation we have supported our partners Future View Media Centre (FVMC) in Sierra Leone and the Kasungu Film Collective (TKFC) in Malawi to produce heath awareness music videos in their local languages.

Additionally, members of TKFC have been undergoing PFP supported training, covering film scripting, production, sound recording, and editing, which has led to the production of a short documentary on the effect of COVID-19 on schoolgirls in Malawi. (December 2021)

Stay up-to-date with advice from the World Health Organization (WHO):

WHO website

WHO Regional Office for Africa

Community

PFP Summer Quiz Night – We hosted a virtual summer quiz via Zoom in aid of our Safe Motherhood Project in Sierra Leone. Thanks to everyone’s generous support we reached our appeal target which will go towards distributing the film around communities in Sierra Leone.
If you’d like to find out about our Safe Motherhood Project you can read more here.

Archive

Sierra Leone

We are pleased to share that The Marc Bolan School of Music has recently completed a documentary film on water and sanitation, which will be available for viewing soon. There are currently ongoing discussions regarding its distribution, with plans for an awareness campaign focusing on film screenings, poster production, and TV and radio broadcasts. (May 2022)

We have identified several film festivals through which we hope to distribute Di Kombra Di Krai (Cry of a Mother) to wider audiences, one of which is the Sierra Leone International Film Festival. Future View Media Centre has also agreed a deal with AYV to broadcast the film on DSTV, a digital subscription channel that covers many parts of Africa and is available worldwide online. The film has also been shown as part of a screening to students in Port Loko, with another few screenings scheduled to follow soon. (May 2022)

Training

We are pleased to report that the Marc Bolan School of Music (MBSM) have progressed from their 3-minute competition and are now working on a new 20-minute documentary. The current proposal is to produce a film on rural health and sanitation. This is a topical issue that has become of heightened importance during the current pandemic. MBSM will focus their efforts on local community distribution, and PFP will take responsibility for broader distribution through broadcast media and organisations. (October 2021)

Di Kombra Di Krai (Cry of a Mother)

Sierra Leone has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world, with 1,360 mothers dying per 100,000 live births (by comparison, the UK figure is 3.25 per 100,000). This shocking number of deaths is due in part to a shortage of hospitals, trained staff and ambulances. But lack of education also plays a part: and that’s where film can help. PFP & Future View Media Centre (FVMC) in Sierra Leone have now finished filming Di Kombra Di Krai (Cry of a Mother). You can view the film here. (October 2021)

Malawi

The pilot school screening programme in Kasungu has been successfully completed for The Kasungu Film Collective’s Covid-19 schoolgirls documentary. Alfred Mtapaonga, our local distribution manager, submitted a detailed plan and budget to extend the school screenings further, including in the programme for our short film on Albinism, which is now underway. As part of this programme, Alfred will be encouraging the schools to identify actions they might take in response to issues raised in the films. Actions proposed will be assessed through subsequent visits to selected schools. This is a small step, but one we hope to build upon in the future. Even just one instance of a school taking action in response to the film could prove massively helpful to the community. (May 2022)

Progress continues with regards to the feature film on Albinism, with training in planning and script writing ongoing with demonstrations provided by our Director of Film Training and Production, Rick Elgood. Rick is also visiting Kasungu, Malawi this month to meet the team in person for the first time and support the team in the planning and production of the short film ‘Beyond Sight’, which highlights the struggles of the visually impaired in Malawi. Whilst there, Rick will be providing hands-on tuition in the whole production and postproduction process, which will include training in sound production and mixing. We are excited to share Rick’s updates with you here and across our social channels. (May 2022)

We have recently delivered a pilot community-based screening programme in and around Kasungu through Uhuru Child Care, a local NGO focused on meeting the needs of children with cerebral palsy and supporting their families. Following training in its use, a mobile screening kit was loaned to Uhuru Child Care to continue the screening programme under their own steam. They have since completed a further two screenings and continue to make use of the film in their outreach activities. You can view Chosadziwika here. (May 2022)

We are currently making good progress with the distribution of our COVID-19 schoolgirls documentary, produced in partnership with The Kasungu Film Collective (TKFC). The initial focus has been on TV broadcasts, a pilot screening programme in local schools, and distributing DVDs/memory sticks to the government and NGO stakeholders.
Screenings have taken place in 5 secondary schools included in the pilot. At Chilanga, Kasungu C.C.A.P secondary school and Mphombwa, the film was shown in a classroom setting and in the school hall at Chankhanga. The process has reached an estimated 700 children.
Feedback from the team indicates that the screening process has gone very well, with positive responses from pupils and teachers. You can view this documentary here.
We shall soon be embarking on training in screenwriting in preparation for our anticipated upcoming feature film on Albinism. We are currently in the process of assembling  team of local screenwriters, which will include Jonathan Mbuna and Aaron Mhone, who PFP have enjoyed working closely with before on other projects in Malawi. (September 2021)

Kenya

Our training group at Chorus Box in Kenya has completed their first module, which delivers a training programme to a group of youths and provides a creative space for young people.
The group has been established by Peter Bwire, a young Kenyan filmmaker who is currently using his skills to support youth engagement in community development activities in and around Kitale, Kenya.
The next step for Peter and the group is to start outlining possible options for a short dramatic film that focuses on key issues in the local community. Watch this space! (May 2022)

We have exciting news from Kenya where we will be delivering our unique training programme to a group of school-leavers/out of school youth through “Chorus Box”, a creative space for young people established by Peter Bwire, a young Kenyan filmmaker.  Peter is highly committed to using his skills to support youth engagement in community development activities in and around Kitale.
We are hopeful this could lead to further opportunities for the PFP training model to be rolled out to other counties in Kenya. (September 2021)

The programme consists of the following modules:

1-minute documentaries
Training in interview techniques
Editing exercise
3-minute documentaries
20-minute documentary and Distribution

Tanzania

Over the past month, we have resumed more regular contact with our friends at ADD International who have indicated they are keen to organise a further screening tour of Lisilojulikana in Pwani District.
In the hope that we may work more closely together, we have taken the opportunity to ask ADD to reflect on how film/media has impacted their work so far, and how we can use film to support their future programmes. (October 2021)

Latest news

DI KOMBRA DI KRAI (CRY OF A MOTHER) RELEASE

Our latest project updates and news including:

  • Our Safe Motherhood film ‘Di Kombra Di Krai’ has been released!
  • Producing face masks for the community
  • How Lisilojulikana continues to change the lives of Kenyan families
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