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This documentary tells the gripping and inspiring story of a group of Dalit women (of the lowest caste in India’s social hierarchy), who against all odds run their own news organisation and publish a newspaper. Armed with pens and smartphones, they search out stories that might contribute to giving a voice to the most vulnerable members of society. New aspiring journalists are trained and sent into the field, and are listened to by millions in spite of their low social status.

The blazing courage, strength, and daring approach of these journalists make up the recipe for the vast influence of their organisation. It delivers results in the form of life-saving or life-altering changes for the very poorest people in India. In situations where most of us in the West would take freedom of speech completely for granted, these women fight on through such harsh terms as would make most people just give up. Writing With Fire is a film about constant struggle and courage, which ensures success for the women in reaching a large audience with their own news stories. These are valuable insights into how the battle for freedom of expression is fought in different parts of the world.

This astonishing documentary has won awards everywhere from Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival to Belfast Film Festival, and is no less interesting considering the recent announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize to journalists who are fighting for freedom of speech.



Sushmit Ghosh er en prisvinnende regissør og filmfotograf fra India. Med et øye for historier om sosial rettferdighet startet han i 2009 produksjonsselskapet Black Ticket Films. Rintu Thomas er en prisvinnende regissør og produsent fra India. I løpet av de siste ti årene har Rintus og Ghoshs filmer vært pensum på universiteter, samt blitt vist globalt på institusjoner som FNs klimakonferanse og Lincoln Center. Ghosh og Thomas har sammen laget dokumentarfilmen, Writing With Fire (2021), som premierte på Sundance og vant to priser under festivalen.

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Original title Writing With Fire

Country India, Norway

Year 2021

Director Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas

Cinematography Sushmit Ghosh, Karan Thapliyal

Producer Sushmit Ghosh, Tone Grøttjord-Glenne, Rintu Thomas, John Webster

Cast Meera Devi, Shyamkali Devi, Suneeta Prajapati

Production Company Black Ticket Films, Sant & Usant

Distribution Autlook Film Sales

Runtime 1h 32m

Language Hindi

Subtitles Norwegian

Genre Documentary

Format DCP

Age limit A

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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