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Documentary Hack
Writing with FireBy Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh

In a Nutshell

This Oscar-nominated documentary tells the remarkable story of Khabar Lahariya, India's only female-run newspaper, and its fight to tackle the brutal sexism and oppressive racial segregation of Indian society.

Favorite Quote

I believe journalism is the essence of democracy.

Meera Devi, bureau chief, Khabar Lahariya


Since 2014, more than 40 journalists have been killed in India, making it one of the world's deadliest countries for news reporters.

Amid rising Hindu nationalism and rampant discrimination and assaults against women, few in India are brave enough to take a stand. The reporters of Khabar Lahariya, the country's only paper founded and run entirely by women, are among the few.

Shushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas are award-winning Indian film directors. Their film on Khabar Lahariya, Writing with Fire, is the first Indian documentary to have been nominated for an Academy Award.

Over the course of four years, Ghosh and Thomas followed Khabar Lahariya's reporters, filming their lives and investigations.

The film covers the outlet's transition from a local paper to a national digital news organization capable of challenging India's corrupt political landscape.

Since the release of the documentary, its subjects have said that they are not satisfied with the way their experiences have been portrayed.

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