Writing With Fire


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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Spotlight: Common Ground
Documentary Competition
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Release Year:2021
Runtime:93 min
Festivals & Awards:Sundance 2021 - World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change
Sundance 2021 - Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
Print Source:Autlook Filmsales
Director:Rintu Thomas
Sushmit Ghosh
Executive Producer:Patty Quillin
Hallee Adelman
Cinematographer:Sushmit Ghosh
Karan Thapliyal
Editor:Sushmit Ghosh
Rintu Thomas
Composer:Tajdar Junaid


In India, Dalits are the lowest caste, often referred to derisively as “untouchables.” In Uttar Pradesh, a northern province, a group of Dalit women do the unthinkable in any caste — they start their own news network. Khabar Lahariya, or “news wave” is India’s only all-female news network. Armed with the urge to tell the truth no matter the cost, these women fearlessly attack injustice wherever it appears. Led by their chief reporter, Meera, Khabar Lahariya is changing the world with stories writ large and small. With virtually no budget, very little salary, but an unshakable determination, this group of intrepid reporters speaks truth to power at great personal risk, and often without the support of their own families. “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.” --Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Director Biography

Rintu Thomas
Rintu Thomas
Sushmit Ghosh
Sushmit Ghosh

Based in New Dehli, Rintu Thomas is an award-winning producer and director. She is the director (with Sushmit Ghosh) of the documentary shorts “The Miracle Water Village” (2010), “Dilli” (2011) and “Timbaktu” (2012). Writing with Fire (2021) is her debut feature.

Sushmit Ghosh is a director and cinematographer. He is the director (with Rintu Thomas) of the documentary shorts “The Miracle Water Village” (2010), “Dilli” (2011) and “Timbaktu” (2012). Writing with Fire (2021) is his debut feature.