"With steely tenacity and persistence, these women place themselves into terrifying situations to interrogate corrupt police officers and potentially violent Hindu Nationalists, with a deft and skill not seen by many top network reporters." - Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader
"The resounding message that manages to boil to the surface, 'nevertheless, she persisted,' hits with a pen point's force." - Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com
"Insightful and inspirational." - Inkoo Kang, Hollywood Reporter
Reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (‘Waves of News’), all from the Dalit (“untouchables”) caste, prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues – exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system. WRITING WITH FIRE chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account. Reaching new audiences through their growing platform, the women of Khabar Lahariya redefine what it means to be powerful in this timely and inspiring documentary. (Music Box Films)
Festivals, Awards & Nominations
Winner - World Cinema, Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival
Winner - Special Jury Award: Impact for Change, Sundance Film Festival
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