Indian documentary Writing with Fire, about female Dalit journalists, nominated for Oscar

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Angana Pal Chinya

Delhi- based filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh have bagged an Oscar nomination for their documentary film ‘Writing with Fire’ in the 94th Academy Award. 

The film revolves around, Meera, chief reporter of India’s only newspaper, ‘Khabar Lahariya’ run by Dalit women. During the transition from print to digital to remain more pertinent, the newspaper becomes unique in an environment dominated by men.

Sho leads a group of journalists investigating the incompetence of the local police, standing up for those who are caste and gender victimized. They use their smartphones to investigate and expose ineptitude. Eradicating longstanding harmful practices that result in injustice and intimidation.

A still from the movie (Source: Indian Express)

While it took almost six years and plenty of patience to shoot the film, they couldn’t contain their joy as they made it to the final five. The documentary is nominated alongside, Ascension, Attica, Flee, and Summer of the Soul (Or When the Revolution Could Not be Televised). 

Later, Thomas uploaded a short video on Twitter sharing her reaction to getting nominated by Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan, who was hosting the show. 

Festival favourite, ‘Writing with the fire’ is the only Indian title to get an Oscar nomination this year. It won big at the Sundance Film Festival last year with the Audience Award as well as the Special Jury Award.