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American Film Industry Professionals drill Malawi Filmmakers

Lisa Leeman interacts with participants of a workshop at Chancellor College in Zomba

Lisa Leeman interacts with participants of a workshop at Chancellor College in Zomba

By Chifundo Limani

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the Film Makers Association of Malawi (FAMA), hosted two renowned film producers from the United States, Amy Sultan and Lisa Leeman from August 31 to September 6.

Sultan, the Director of the Power Writers Program at Nuyorican Poet’s Café and Leeman, the Producer, Director, Writer and Editor of documentary films, held film screenings and interactive workshops on documentary filmmaking in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Targeting professionals in theatre and media, the workshop reached out to 80 participants including journalism students from Chancellor College, the Malawi Polytechnic, and other private colleges.

The workshop focused on the basics of creating documentary films, production, camera work, directing, marketing and distribution, funding and generating a topic for documentary.

Speaking after the workshop in Lilongwe, an independent producer and film production student from Don Bosco College, Chancy Kabawo said the workshop has been helpful as it has enhanced his documentary production and collection of footage and shots skills.  He also learned how to produce a documentary of international standards.

The program, under the American Documentary Showcase Program, brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries to audiences around the world to offer a view of American society and culture as seen by independent documentary filmmakers.