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Welcome to Channel 19, the first online channel dedicated exclusively to community-produced media.

Channel 19 is a project of Video Volunteers. It showcases the work of six Community Video Units (CVUS) in India, who produce thirty minute ‘Video News Magazines” on a regular basis and screen them on widescreen projectors to thousands of people a month in the slums and villages. This is media that is truly of, for and by communities, and everything you see here is shot, edited and scripted by forty Community Video Producers. The topics of these films are not dictated by development experts but are chosen by local Community Editorial Boards. The videos present solutions to issues these communities want to take action on.

Why 19? We draw inspiration from Article 19 of UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”The model of the Community Video Unit was developed by two community media organizations, Drishti in India and Video Volunteers in the US. In early 2006 they partnered with six leading Indian NGOs who invested in Community Video Units in their own areas—Akshara, Laya, Navsarjan, Saath, Yuvshakti and Yuva. Together, we are working to create a Social Media Network for India and beyond, that is committed to creating sustainable, grassroots media enterprises that provide livelihood and a voice to communities. Our network of Community Video Producers is 25% Muslim, 25% Dalit, 25% Tribal, and 60% women—the CVUs are giving voice to some of the most marginalized and silenced communities in the world. In the last 16 months alone, we have trained 64 Community Video Producers working in 150 village and slums, made over 40 films, and had over 600 screenings seen by 120,000 people.

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Strike! -Autorickshaw & Taxi strike in Mumbai

Today I woke up at 8am - the beginning of morning peak hour in Mumbai, and for some reason I couldn’t help dozing off to the alarm and enjoying the ...

Regions: India

Issues: Corporations and human rights, Discrimination, Labor unions

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Movies Moving Mountains // Current TV

Hi all, please check out this Current TV video about the work Video Volunteers is doing with communities and what some of the issues that arise when c...

Regions: India, United States

Issues: Caste discrimination, Education, Sustainable development

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Ration Shops and Corruption

The inefficency and corruption in the Public Distribution System is exposed through this film, made by the residents of ghettos of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Regions: India

Issues: Food & health & development, Poverty

Witnessed: 4152 times


Water Contamination and Fluorosis in India

An expose on a chemical plant in a village, reveals the hideous truth that the village's water source is being poisoned leading to the rampant spread of fluorosis....

Regions: India

Issues: Food & health & development, Sanitation, Water

Witnessed: 4124 times


Post-Monsoon Living Conditions

During the monsoons, the roads wash out for weeks at a time and the electricity goes out. In this video villagers learn who is responsible for fixing these problems....

Regions: India

Issues: Environment, Natural disasters, Sanitation

Witnessed: 2253 times


Where are our doctors?

The government doctors in the villages where Sakshi Media works were hardly ever present in the Public Health Centers....

Regions: India

Issues: Education, Food & health & development

Witnessed: 1612 times


Slum Conditions and Government Programs in India

Slumdwellers learn about a government program in which they can get inexpensive basic amenities like toilets and roads....

Regions: India

Issues: Education, Environment, Sanitation

Witnessed: 3887 times



This film helped villagers understand, after years of bad health care, why their malaria samples came back from the doctor 'negative' when they were all clearly infected....

Regions: India

Issues: Drugs & human rights, Food & health & development

Witnessed: 1542 times


Lets make our neighborhoods cleaner!

Filth and garbage are huge problems in the slums, with rotting waste piling up in the roads and hardly any municipal system for collecting waste....

Regions: India, United States

Issues: Food & health & development, Poverty, Sanitation

Witnessed: 1995 times