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Writing With Fire

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Overview

Reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (‘Waves of News’), all from the Dalit (“untouchables”) caste, prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues – exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system. WRITING WITH FIRE chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account. Reaching new audiences through their growing platform, the women of Khabar Lahariya redefine what it means to be powerful in this timely and inspiring documentary.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

NYTimes Critic's Pick

"Rousing...nothing short of galvanizing."

Devika Girish

New York Times

“Invigorating and inspiring”

Robert Abele

Los Angeles Times

IDA Documentary Awards Best Features Nominee

World Cinema - 2021 Audience Award

2021 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Special Jury Award: Impact for Change ‘21

2021 Sundance Film Festival

BlackStar Film Festival: Best Feature documentary

BlackStar Film Festival: Audience Awards

San Francisco Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary

Wisconsin Film Festival: Audience Award

Seattle International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize

Washington DC Filmfest: Justice Matters Award

“The most inspiring journalism movie — maybe ever.”

Jason Rezaian

The Washington Post

“Writing With Fire smashes Indian patriarchy.”

Naman Ramachandran

Variety

“A fearless fight for real news…"

Kate Erbland

IndieWire

“A stirring and inspiring documentary about some very courageous women.”

Alissa Wilkinson

Vox

Cast & Crew
  • Featuring : Meera Devi
  • Featuring : Suneeta Prajapati
  • Featuring : Shyamkali Devi
  • Directed by : Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh
  • Cinematography by : Sushmit Ghosh and Karan Thapliyal
  • Editing by : Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas
  • Supervising Editor : Anne Fabini
  • Produced by : Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas
  • Executive Producers : Patty Quillin and Hallee Adelman
  • Co-producers : John Webster and Tone Grottjord-Glenne
  • Associate Producers : Bhumika Tikhatri and Sumit Sharma
  • Original Score by : Tajdar Junaid
Technical Info
  • Release Date : 11/26/2021
  • Year : 2021
  • Country : India
  • Language : Hindi with English subtitles
  • Running Time : 98 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.85
  • Projection Format : DCP
  • Rating : Not Rated
  • Genre : Documentary
Theatrical Engagements
Theater Name
City
State
Date
New York
New York
11/26/2021
Los Angeles
California
11/26/2021
Chicago
Illinois
11/26/2021
Austin
Texas
11/26/2021
San Francisco
California
12/03/2021
Seattle
Washington
12/03/2021
Portland
Oregon
12/03/2021
Indianapolis
Indiana
12/03/2021
Boca Raton
Florida
12/03/2021
Denver
Colorado
12/03/2021
Downers Grove
Illinois
12/13/2021
Albuquerque
New Mexico
12/03/2021
Brunswick
Maine
12/03/2021
Winston-Salem
North Carolina
12/17/2021
Hudson
New York
12/26/2021
Houston
Texas
01/28/2022
Rochester
New York
02/04/2022
Madison
Wisconsin
02/12/2022
Hanover
New Hampshire
02/13/2022
Salt Lake City
Utah
03/01/2022