Films can make difference to poor African nation

PASSING ON SKILLS: Byron Bay film-maker Andy Bambach is off to Malawi, Africa to run film-making classes.
PASSING ON SKILLS: Byron Bay film-maker Andy Bambach is off to Malawi, Africa to run film-making classes. Patrick Gorbunovs

SUFFOLK Park film-maker, Andy Bambach has had AK-47s shot over his head and contracted malaria in Malawi, but he still wants to give back to the poor East African country by volunteering to teach.

"I love Africa and I have skills that I can teach," Mr Bambach said.

He is heading to Malawi next month to teach 10 African students film-making.

"Access to training in filmmaking in Malawi is almost non-existent, so this is a chance to offer industry-standard skills and equipment," he said.

He'll take the students through planning, filming and editing to produce a documentary. Mr Bambach first went to Malawi 20 years ago.

"In 2012 I went back to East Africa for the first time in 18 years and asked around about teaching."

He was put in touch with the Maggie Mwanza Foundation.

"People have subsistence living standards and HIV is very prevalent. I hope to give students the tools to tell their stories to an international audience to raise awareness of issues inside Malawi."

CAN YOU HELP? Andy is seeking crowd-funding for the filmmaking course. Funds will be put towards travel costs and equipment for the African students.  Visit:

Topics:  africa education

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