India Board Members and Ambassadors

Stalin K., Managing Trustee, Video Volunteers India

Stalin K., Managing Trustee, Video Volunteers India

Stalin K. is a documentary filmmaker, media trainer and human rights activist from Gujarat, India. Stalin has directed 15 documentaries and has won several international awards for his films. He has produced six community radio programs, designed more than 20 rights-based campaigns and conducted over 300 trainings in film making and participatory video, street theatre, radio production, and development communications. As an activist, he has been deeply involved in the relief efforts of the 2002 Gujarat riots, and of the Kutch earthquake of 2001, during which time he helped to create a community radio program that was instrumental in delivering information to the victims.

Stalin is the Convener of the Community Radio Forum-India until 2009 and was one of the core group that drafted the legislation that made community radio legal in India. He is also on the Executive Group of Girls Count, a coalition of organizations that is working to stopping the declining child sex ratio in India His film work on the issue of untouchability has helped bring international attention to Dalit issues, most notably his 1996 film Lesser Humans on manual scavenging, and his feature-length 2007 film IndiaUntouched, winner of the Mumbai International Film Festival. This film surveys the existence of untouchability across 8 states, four religions and all social classes in India. He teaches communications, film and grassroots activism at a number of the most senior institutes in India and has lectured at Berkeley, Stanford and NYU, among other institutions, and also advises foundations and NGOs on their communications and participatory media strategies. One of his greatest passions is training rural men and women in leadership and in expressing themselves powerfully, and he spends as much time as possible in the field, working directly with communities. Until 2008 he ran Drishti Media in Ahmedabad, an organization he co-founded at the age of 23. You can read his personal blog here.

Manish Kumar, Program Manager & Principal Trainer

Manish Kumar, Program Manager & Principal Trainer

Manish’s expertise is in documentary film-making and community video training. In his four years with Video Volunteers he has trained more than 200 community people to make films and use media to create awareness in their communities. Prior to coming to Video Volunteers, Manish served as a Program Associate at Community Enterprise Forum International.
Manish interned at Doordarshan News, where he gained experience with mainstream media. He has directed the film, “Bahin Tonye Kahah Jathis,” which focuses on the exploitation and trafficking of Tribal girls to Delhi for domestic work. Manish has a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Communication from the Mass Communication Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi and a degree in mass communication from Bharti Vidya Bhava, in New Delhi.

Stephen Lang – Ambassador

Stephen Lang – Ambassador

A stage actor of great recognition, Stephen Lang has shaped a formidable career on and off the various stages of the United States and abroad. Though he is arguably most well-known for his acclaimed performance in James Cameron‘s Avatar (2009), Lang began his career in theater. Broadway roles include his Tony-nominated performance as Lou in “The Speed of Darkness”, Happy in the Dustin Hoffman revival of “Death of a Salesman”, Colonel Jessep in “A Few Good Men”, and Mike Tallman alongside Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei in “Wait Until Dark”.  IMDB

You may know celebrity actor Stephen Lang as the villainous colonel Quaritch from the movie Avatar, but in reality he believes the camera is a stronger weapon than the gun.

“Video Volunteers is creating a kind of grassroots Reuters. They have created an alternative media in places that don’t have cinemas or TV or even regular electricity. As an actor, it is amazing to see people who have so little producing such interesting media.” – Stephen Lang

Check out what Stephen has to say about Video Volunteers:

Abhay Deol – Ambassador

Abhay Deol – Ambassador

Has done majority of work with debutant directors; rather unusual and daring in the context of “star driven” Hindi film industry. – IMDB

Acclaimed as the finest of the young Indian actors, Abhay Deol studied arts in Los Angeles before making his debut with the Hindi film Socha Na Tha(2005). He signed on as the Ambassador of Video Volunteers in 2010 and since then he has been working to promote organization’s goals along with taking time to interact with the Community Correspondents to give them some pointers and lots of motivation.

Deol devised and enacted the title role of Devdas in the 2009 film Dev.D. Nikhat Kazmi, the critic for Times of India gave the movie a perfect 5 out 5 stars in her review.[7] Abhay Deol has been the cover of Man’s World and Time Out Mumbai, with titles such as The New Face of Indian Cinema. – Wikipedia

Watch Abhay telling Zoom TV why he supports Video Volunteers: