Writing with Fire

India, 2021
93 minutes, Color
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India is a dangerous place for journalists. For female journalists, the threat is greater, and for marginalized Dalit women journalists, greater still. Nevertheless, Khabar Lahariya (Waves of News) persists. Operating out of Uttar Pradesh and run by Dalit women, with only mobile phones for recording, the newspaper-turned-YouTube-channel has garnered more than 150 million followers. Bureau chief Meera goes home to school-age kids, Suneeta is batting away marriage proposals, and Shyamkali has no electricity to charge the mobile phone she has just learned to use. But to watch Meera cajole a cocky political aspirant to unsheathe his sword, then wipe the smile off her face as she sits down at the keyboard; to see Suneeta promise justice to a rape victim where the police will not; and to witness Shyamkali grow into a full-fledged reporter is to see what democracy might look like when women hold a mirror to it.—Judy Bloch

The film won the Audience Award and Impact and Change Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

In Hindi with English subtitles

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