Growing Family: The Malawi Film Project

A Community project Bristol, United Kingdom

To make a short documentary series on the people in the villages of Northern Malawi, to raise awareness & funding to reach more areas.

They did it!


On 19th Oct 2015 we successfully raised

£560

with

12 backers

in

35 days


Project owner

Project aim

We aim to make 5 short promotional documentaries capturing some of the amazing people and stories in the Northern vilages of Malawi. Whilst also promoting the development of agriculture, forestry, microfinance, health, and education. This will then be used to increase the Temwa family to enhance partners and sponsorships, creating a much larger funding stream to empower Malawi in building their own future.

Who we are and what we do

I am a freelance filmmaker trying to make a difference through supporting charities and noble causes around the world. I have spent several years working in film and documentary and many years travelling. I have met so many extraordinary people on my travels and discovered so many incredible stories. So now I am dedicating my life to filming and sharing them with you.  For this, my first project on this mission, I am volunteering (expenses only) and along with my 2 person crew, I  have teamed up with the incredible charity 'Temwa' who have formed a truly remarkable partnership with Malawi.

Over the last 10 years, Temwa have...

  • Trained over 2,500 farmers in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Tested over 24,000 people for HIV through their use of mobile testing clinics
  • Built 40 new school blocks
  • Set up Early Literacy Programmes
  • Funded students through secondary school education
  • Set up conversation clubs to help combat the effects of deforestation
  • Provided 500 loans to enable entrepreneurs to set up business and become more self sufficient and enhance their community.

But there is still have a long way to go.

Why We Need You to Help Make These Documentaries

Despite all this fantastic work, Malawi is now considered the poorest country in the world. And there are still many areas in Malawi that have not yet been reached. So we are now working to expand our family network by producing  a series of documentary shorts, on each of our projects, to expand our family network and help find new sponsors and partnerships to help change lives and reach more communities.

There are so many wonderful success stories of such incredible people that need to be told and so many places that have never been seen before. And we really want to show and share them with you.

These documentaries are going to be uplifting and enlightening and show the richness of people and life. This will not be another poor Africa focus. But an explosion of life, family, community and change.

Each documentary will focus on each project. So agriculture, deforestation, education, health and HIV.

They will be in a web series format on numerous websites and a longer cut will also be made and entered into various film festivals.

*TEMWA CANNOT USE THEIR FUNDING TO PAY FOR THESE DOCUMENTARIES BECAUSE THEY NEED TO ENSURE THEIR FUNDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI - WHICH IS WHY I AM TRYING TO RAISE THE FUNDS AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR THEM*

If we are successful with this crowdfund campaign then myself and another 2 crew members will be acting swiftly and flying out to Malawi to shoot in late Novemeber.

 

Unique Temwa 

One of the great, and quite unique aspects of Temwa, is that it is the people of Malawi that highlight what they need and how they want to develop and it is the people of Malawi that are employed as Temwa representatives in Malawi.

A Sense of Urgency

We need to act swiftly and raise the funds by the middle of October so we can go and film everything in November. This is because the weather from December until April is very unpredictable, due to the rainy season, so not suitable for filming during this time. So if we fail to raise the funds in time, we would have to launch another campaign and delay the project until May/June, and this would result in the loss of potential sponsors and new partnerships, which these documentaries are aiming to ascertain.

 

Final Note of Significance

If we are fortunate enough to exceed our target for this community changing production, thanks to you wondrous backers, all remaining funds will feed directly into the communities in Northern Malawi. Every single penny. So your backing will not only help to document the work and people in Malawi, and create more sponsors, it will also feed into the families. It will create new small businesses in Bee Keeping! And farming. And even be loaned to help individuals to open thier own shops and businesses. Which would then be returned to fund someone else. And the cycle could continue on and on funding more people in Malawi. 

SO PLEASE JOIN US ON THIS ADVENTURE, BACK US TO BRING THESE SEEDS TO FRUITION AND BECOME PART OF OUR FAMILY.

THANK YOU!

 

Here is the CD you will receive if you back £50 or more...