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While We Watched

Directed by Vinay Shukla
92 minutes
All Ages
Indian TV journalist Ravish Kumar fights to keep independent reporting alive in the age of misinformation. A prize winner at Toronto and Busan – essential viewing for media watchers everywhere.
Kumar, a veteran with India’s NDTV, is committed to accountability and the facts. He asks the most difficult questions of those in power and, in an age of fake news, clashes with India’s political power-mongers and populist movement. Facing threats and advertising boycotts, with loyal staff resigning, his network is in deep financial trouble. Despite the grim news, Kumar remains optimistic, inspiring a new generation of reporters. Director Vinay Shukla (An Insignificant Man, SFF 2017) follows Kumar’s increasingly desperate situation, offering perseverance and hope, and mirroring the issues facing independent journalism worldwide.
Journalism in India today is an unpopular job, especially for those covering politics and dealing with contentious subjects… We have this team of journalists who don’t know if they will still have an office or a job tomorrow. They know that their Titanic may be sinking but have decided to go down doing their job and doing it well.
Director Vinay Shukla
While We Watched smartly captures the state of contemporary news media with a powerful character study of one reporter’s unshakable quest to speak the truth.
Pat Mullen, POV Magazine


Thu 8 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 11 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Original Title
Namaskar! Main Ravish Kumar
All Ages
In English and Hindi with English subtitles
Vinay Shukla
Vinay Shukla, Khushboo Ranka, Luke W. Moody
Amaan Shaikh, Vinay Shukla
Abhinav Tyagi
Australian Premiere
Festival Award Winners, Documentary, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Sales Agent: CAT&Docs
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