Push The Red Button (wt) – Malawi

Push The Red Button is a documentary about the making of a movie – by the most unlikely crew imaginable!

Five women from rural Malawi are coming together to learn about cameras, tripods and microphones, they’ll discuss the issues they are facing and will turn them into a movie about their life in the village.


How are they going to tell their story, especially since they have never been exposed to films or filmmaking before? How will their neighbours and family react to the film when they show it in their village for the first time?

Sabine, the director has worked in Malawi on and off during the last 3 years. She met many wonderful people and learned a number of new things in this stunning country. Her job in Malawi changed from filmmaker to film trainer: Teaching farmers to use video equipment was one of the most inspiring experiences for her. What was fascinating to her was to enable people who have never actually seen a movie, to make one of their own. After hearing many stories in Malawi, especially those of the women in the rural villages, the film idea was born and of course it had to include participatory video methods!

Sabine has teamed up with Anne to produce the film together. The film idea was originally developed through Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging The Gap scheme.