After the success of the Malawi drama Mawa Langa I was asked to develop and produce another drama - this time to tackle the problems of climate change, sustainable farming and challenges to village life.
Since 2010 I have been involved with international development but not through traditional routes. Workign with small UK charity Purple Field Productions I work with groups in Africa to create film projects that help them to educate and engage with their local communities as they continue to combat climate change, social stigma and farming sustainability.
The first youth drama to be created in Malawi. Dedicated to the teenage audience the film has proved popular with all ages and has been screened on National Malawi TV on numerous occasions.
It was adopted by the Education Department and is still seen as an invaluable tool when approaching the subject of HIV orphans, the social stigma attached to HIV/AIDS.
A short comedy to highlight new stove building and attempts to reduce deforestation. Part of a longer documentary, this section has proved really popular and successful with villagers. It was also spotted by an NGO in Senegal and dubbed into Mandinka.
A drama created for audiences in Kenya to examine the truth about the stigma surrounding disability. Working with partners in Kenya with first hand expertise in the local issues facing individuals and families dealing with cerebral palsy, Lisilojulikana is a warm and emotional drama that has proven to be having a huge positive effect on audiences in both rural and urban poor areas.
I was the key post produciton manager on the film.
Delighted to spend 4 weeks in Eastern Senegal training a group of villagers who are eager to develop their own films to help their village communities.
This is work I love and thrive on. Making a real difference in some of the poorest and hardest places to live in.
It is not about preaching or dictating what they do, simply enabling them to find their voices and plan their own development. I am always interested in collaboration and helping with more of this kind of work.
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