The Global Lives Project is a collaborative effort of volunteer filmmakers, photographers, architects, artists, programmers, designers and everyday people from around the world. The project's third shoot was in Malawi in June 2007. Edith Kapuka, a 13 year-old girl from Ngwale Village outside Zomba, was the subject.
Selected scenes from 24 hours in the life of Edith Kapuka, a 13 year-old girl living in Ngwale Village at the base of the Zomba Plateau in Malawi. Jason Price - Producer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer; Ya-Hsuan Huang - Associate Producer, Assistant Director, Editor, Cinematographer; Harrison Topp - Cinematographer; Jessie Levandov - Cinematographer; Elasto Chanza - Production Translator, Production Assistant; Single Matawale - Production Translator, Production Assistant; Z. Allan Ntata - Consultant; Villant Ndasowa - Consultant
The girls attend to their early morning chores, mostly in silence. Edith sings a church song while she sweeps the compound. She then walks up to the well, collects a pail of water and returns home where Memory is nestled by the kitchen fire. It's cold at the well and she has seen an owl, she reports.
Cecilia wakes up the girls a few minutes past 4am - Edith gets up straight away, but Memory struggles to get out of bed. The filmmakers' cell phone alarm goes off and the rooster crows. The girls begin their morning chores. Edith lights a candle on a tipsy chair while Memory chops firewood. Cecilia instructs both girls to sweep outside the house.
The Domasi girls finish their game of netball. The school bell rings calling an end to the day. The girls gather their things, get a drink at the school's tap, and wash their feet before preparing to head home. Edith and Memory lead a small band of classmates down the narrow path that leads them home. They gossip and joke along the way.
Edith sweeps the compound by moonlight. She sings and hums to pass the time. The girls tend to their morning chores - sweeping and burning trash, fetching buckets, lighting fires, and carrying bricks here and there. Memory tells Edith a story about how Miss Chisale gave her class popcorn. It is windy. The rooster crows.
Morning assembly ends with the national anthem and some physical exercises, and the students file into their classrooms. Edith takes her seat in a desk she shares with her friend Natasha in the last row. The teacher arrives and instructs the students to open their English books to "The Hunter and His Dog". The class analyzes an illustration, searches for two words, reads the tale silently, and then answers the first 4 of 5 reading comprehension questions. [Transcription: Noel Takondwa Phoya / Transcription Revision: Tiffany Banda, Megan Taddonio & Jason Price]
Edith's household is bustling, as the kids prepare to leave for school. Cecilia is disappointed with Edith's petticoat, and demands returns to her room to "dress properly". The children congregate outside the kitchen for tea and cassava. Silaju attempts to steal something from Linndiwe, but Edith and Memory warn him not to. Chickens run here and there; a radio plays in the background.
The girls set off for school, with Memory joining Edith and Lindiwe along the path after checking in on their neighbor, Simeon. The sisters cross paths with Rebecca who's returning home with a bucket of water and won't be attending school. Lindiwe proves too slow, so Edith carries her the rest of the way. The girls are late and Edith wonders if she should play sick. Memory has a Chichewa test at school today.