As we look to the future, we will begin building upon the modest base we have created through this website. We expect to add a regular “live” feature to our website in the coming months. Also, along with our partners we expect to launch a platform that will enable media makers, change makers, thinkers and doers to forge collaborations across borders. As you can imagine, we are excited about the possibilities.
As we grow into the next phase, your contributions will help us get it done better and sooner. Do consider making a contribution today.
- Ana Laura GamboggiSocial Anthropologist, BrazilAna Laura Gamboggi's work with institutions and organizations around the world on environmental research projects add perspective to mediaforchange.org’s educational and research policies. She is a published author and currently teaches at SENAC University, Brazil. Read more...
Purulia district, West Bengal, India
Purulia, in West Bengal state is one of the chronically poor districts of \\\’emerging\\\’ India. Here people are poorly fed, remain poorly educated, they generally have poor health. Women in Purulia are even poorer compared to their male counterparts in every aspect of their lives.
Women here often get married at an early age – before they are eighteen. They become mothers while still in their teens. Women are expected to work hard at home and in the field. Culturally they are accustomed to a life defined by hard work. But women have no voice when it comes to issues like domestic violence.
Trickle Up, a US based non-profit has given the women of Purulia 3 video cameras. These cameras have suddenly given Moushumi and her friends a new tool for articulation and communication. They are recording their own stories on video and looking at themselves as groups, discussing, debating and sometimes confronting their own men who perpetrate domestic violence.
Moushumi, Shakuntala, Golapi and her friends, who were shy and quiet, have started to experience the power of visual storytelling in a community setting. The video cameras and their users may change the gender equations in parts of Purulia permanently.
- Irene HerreraFilmmaker & Educator, JapanIrene Herrera is a photographer, documentary film-maker and video journalist. She is an avid traveler and Irene’s vast body of work and experiences add substance to mediaforchange.org’s global ambitions. She teaches documentary film-making at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo. Read more...
mediaforchange.org founder Sanjeev Chatterjee has served on the faculty of the Academy since 2008 and this year worked with colleague Rhys Daunic of themediaspot.org to mentor the production 2 short videos by students. The videos give us a glimpse into the workings of the Academy and look into the central question that drives mediaforchange.org – what can media change?
Video editor Rachel Smilan-Goldstein provides some context for the videos below.
- Sanjeev ChatterjeeFounder & DirectorSanjeev Chatterjee founded mediaforchange.org to create a global platform for media change makers to come together and share their stories. Decades of field experience and interactions with media makers around the world have allowed Sanjeev to shape the organization’s unique vision and values. Read more...