This award winning feel-good documentary takes an inside look at the all-female team of mainly Dalit journalists at Khabar Lahariya, India’s only all-female news organisation. It began as a temporary project funded by an NGO to train women in a village to write a newsletter. When funding ended, the organisation lived on.
The film is an inspiring portrait of a team of exceptionally talented and committed women. The film-makers pitched up in 2016 when the team began transitioning from print to digital. The process was particularly difficult in a newsroom where some staff members were semi-literate, and others had never used a smartphone. This tells the story of their success. See this trailer for a snapshot of the film.
“Writing with Fire” won both the Audience Award and a Special Jury Award for Impact for Change at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition section.
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