Writing with Fire
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’) 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.
Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas
Meera Devi, Shyamkali Devi, Suneeta Prajapati
- "With steely tenacity and persistence, these women place themselves into terrifying situations to interrogate corrupt police officers and potentially violent Hindu Nationalists, with a deft and skill not seen by many top network reporters."
- Chicago Reader
- "The result is profound: Thrown into the thick of it, we are keenly aware of what's on the line. It must be a bit like being a Khabar Lahariya journalist."
- "It's 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."
- Sundance Film Festival
- Dokufest Int'l Documentary and Short Film Festival
- Molodist Int'l Film Festival
- San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
- Seattle Int'l Film Festival
- Telluride Mountainfilm Festiva
- Washington DC Filmfest
- Wisconsin Film Festiva
- Blackstar Film Festival
- Krakow Film Festival
- Belfast Film Festival
- DocsMX: The Int'l Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City
- Yamagata Int'l Documentary Film Festival
- Hot Docs Int'l Documentary Film Festival)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Film Festival
- DMZ Int'l Documentary Film Festival
- Visioni dal Mondo Int'l Documentary Festival
- Women Make Waves Int'l Film Festival
- Int'l Documentary Festival Amsterdam
- Milwaukee Film Festival
- Nantucket Film Festival
- Two Riversides Film and Art Festival
- Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival
- Sundance Film Festival: Asia
- Brisbane Film Festival
- Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
- and more...