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Writing With Fire

Directed by Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
93 minutes
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An inspiring documentary about the trailblazing journalists behind India’s all-female news network and their tenacious grassroots reporting. Special Jury and Audience awards, Sundance 2021.
The reporters at Khabar Lahariya experience discrimination daily, as women and as Dalits, considered "untouchables" according to the Hindu caste system. Led by fearless chief correspondent Meera, the newly digitised news service, based in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, sets out to expose long-standing injustices. Often with little experience of journalism or smartphone technology, the reporters listen patiently to the manifold victims of violence, incompetence and oppression. They don't shy away from the bigger picture either, tackling stories ranging from elections to corruption to sectarianism. With integrity and grit, they relentlessly challenge traditional roles and champion the need for journalism in a democracy.
A stirring and inspiring documentary about some very courageous women, who deftly articulate and defend the need for accurate, fearless journalism in the pursuit of justice.
Alissa Wilkinson, VOX
I believe journalism is the essence of democracy,' says [chief reporter] Meera. Watching this will make you believe it too.
Amber Wilkinson, Screen International

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Thu 4 Nov
Dendy Newtown 2
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Sun 14 Nov
Event Cinemas George St 4
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
In Hindi with English subtitles
Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas
Sushmit Ghosh, Karan Thapliyal
Documentary, Asia, Focus on Women, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Women Directors, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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