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Beyond Sight: a powerful story of love and acceptance.

We’re excited to tell you about our latest project with our partners in Malawi, the Kasungu Film Collective.  “Beyond Sight” tells the story of Raphael, a young man with visual impairment, who achieves his educational goals and finds acceptance and love. The film addresses the issues around discrimination and stigma around visual impairment in Malawi and looks towards integration into society and the journey to fulfilment.

This film, crafted with passion and dedication by The Kasungu Film Collective (TKFC) has had a fantastic response to early screenings and is set to air on local TV. We are also planning to screen it in schools across the Kasungu district.

We are in the final stages of completing the film edit with subtitles and audio description, and we need your help this. Can you help us raise £600 to ensure the film is ready for all our audiences?

Any amount, no matter how small, will help to maximise the impact of this important film.

20th Anniversary Newsletter

With our 20th Anniversary coming in May, we’ve just released our latest newsletter with details of the events we’re holding to celebrate. We’d love to see as many of our supporters there as possible so for further details, you can view the newsletter here. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive all the latest PFP news, then please email us at admin@purplefieldproductions.org or hit the ‘subscribe’ button in our newsletter.

International Women's Day 2024

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress. To celebrate this, we share three videos from the Empowering Women Foundation (EWF) in Sierra Leone, made on a recent training course with PFP.

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.

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.

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.

Annual Report

We are very excited to share our brand new Annual Report for 2023. The report is jam-packed with details on our operations in 2023, what we delivered, and what we have to look forward to for the rest of the year. 

PFP Annual Report 2023


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)


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)


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)


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


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)