Writing with Fire

Audience Award ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Special Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
The most inspiring journalism movie — maybe ever.


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.

Double Sundance Award Winner!
Audience Award - World Cinema, Documentary
Special Jury Prize - Impact for Change

"Unexpectedly joyous…A rousing, inspirational tribute to the pride of grassroots Indian journalism." - Jessica Kiang, Variety

"A stirring documentary about some very courageous women." - Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

"Insightful and Inspirational!" - Inkoo Kang, Hollywood Reporter
Not Rated
Documentary, Women and Film
Rintu Thomas
Sushmit Ghosh
Winner, Audience Award ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
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