Localfilms is a grassroots production company that partners with international humanitarian organizations to empower communities through film. Filmmaker Peter Jordan provides children and adults with the equipment and knowledge to make their own movies, which have examined from a local perspective issues of gender, education, famine, illness, and community. To date, Localfilms has collaborated with communities in Kenya, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, and Zimbabwe and screened at conferences in Asia, Europe, and America and in villages throughout Africa. You can view many Localfilms in their entirety on this website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or requests.

Speak Luvo Speak Jane

South Africa & Kenya, 15 min, 2003
dir. Peter Jordan

In African communities plagued by AIDS, what has been the impact of the epidemic on the hearts of the continent's youngest children? With the disease still kept a secret, what have children been left to infer on their own about the sickness seen and heard everyday around them?

In Speak Luvo Speak Jane eight-year-old Luvo and five-year-old Jane share their impressions growing-up in South Africa and Kenya, as they struggle to overcome the deadly impact of AIDS on their families. Local nursery school children, equipped with plastic video cameras, document how children in their villages understand AIDS and what we can do to help their orphaned friends.

Produced in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation (The Netherlands).