Communication Technology in Rural Areas

Watching The Watchmen:Community Correspondent Mani Manickem on Media, Corruption, Caste and The Politics of Science

 
/ November 2, 2011

M. Mani is a dalit activist, a budding scientist, a social worker, a community journalist, a teacher, the host of a weekly live tele-quiz science on Tamizh channel Makkal TV and the IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent from Chennai. With his family, he lives in Chennai’s Nallambakkam slum which borders a very...

3rd IndiaUnheard Training Camp: Leaps of Faith

 
/ October 17, 2011

Jackie Sawiris is a half Jordanian, half Egyptian, Libyan-born, American-raised, Jordan-based writer, filmmaker, and actor. She discovered how truly powerful film can be when she initiated objecDEFY Harassment, an Arab world-based, self-perpetuating initiative that empowers people of all gender identities to combat harassment and regain agency over their bodies and...

Video Volunteers Trainings: The Adivasis of Songadh, Gujarat

 
/ October 6, 2011

“Even in the age of information overload, it is surprising that so little information is available on the tribals. So many histories- personal, political, oral, visual, gastronomic, medical, linguistic, are tucked away in little pockets of the country. During the Songadh trainings, I realized that these pockets are not the...

Video Volunteers on ViewChange: Local Stories Go Global

 
/ September 29, 2011

We’re excited that our videos can now be seen on a new platform, called ViewChange. ViewChange is a website created by Link TV, with support from the Gates Foundation, to bring together the best web video related to development issues and the Millennium Development Goals. But it is more than...

3rd IU Training Camp, Day 1: Video + Activism

 
/ September 26, 2011

“When I joined the IndiaUnheard program, I was a wanderer. My house and community was anywhere where I pursued my activism, where I choose to lay my head for a good night’s sleep,” says community correspondent Ajeet Bahadur. “I used to make my IndiaUnheard videos while travelling from one place...

All Set to Roll: The Third IU Training Camp

 
/ September 19, 2011

With monsoon receding and the sun eking its way out, the Third IndiaUnheard Training Camp is all set to roll out in Goa on the 26th of September, 2011. A housewife from rural Rajasthan, a college student from the slums of Mumbai, a dalit teenager from remote Jharkhand, a grassroots...

Closing the IndiaUnheard training camp with a powerful sharing session

 
/ March 13, 2011

It is the last day of the training, and everyone is given an opportunity to share what they learned from the training. The Community Correspondents (CCs) now all have excellent journalistic skills, they are able to report unheard stories and to handle videos. For many, what they have learned goes...

IndiaUnheard Training : from discussing practical details to debating environmental issues

 
/ March 13, 2011

The morning session usually balances technical advices and larger debates, on the themes covered by the Community Correspondents (CCs). Video Volunteers is not merely training good filmmakers, but attempting to raise awareness among  its CCs on issues crucial in contemporary India.   The IndiaUnheard process Stalin starts the day with...