Sarita Biswal I am an activist and teacher in Kochilanua village. I help with tutoring drop-out students and I make people aware about the Right to Information Act and other such government policies. I came to know about Video Volunteers through the NGO I work with.
I have always wanted to work for the betterment of women, because my mother was never able to study and was married off at an early age – she is my greatest influence. My brothers now work as a policeman and an engineer, and my sister is married. I wish I had more freedom to do all the things I want to. Working with video and community media has allowed me to go out and explore new things. It was my dream to use a camera and be in front of one, and now I am actually doing it. I feel like I achieved what I set out to do.
One of my major concerns at the moment is the attitude of the youth. I am 26 years old, and everyone around me is trying to follow the western traditions of dressing and music. I want there to be balance between development and sticking to tradition, and I hope that I can change their minds with my films.