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Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh
IN 2021    57' 93'
⚬ Society ⚬ Human Rights 


In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature




Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh


Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh


Tone Grøttjord, John Webster

Executive Producers

Patty Quillin, Hallee Adelman

Co-Executive Producer

Anurima Bhargava

Production Company

Black Ticket Films

Co-Production Company

Sant & Usant, JW Documentaries

In collaboration with

NRK, Knowledge Network, DR, EO, YLE, SVT, BBC Storyville


Sushmit Ghosh, Karan Thapliyal


Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh


Tajdar Junaid


Susmit Bob Nath, Janne Laine

“The most inspiring journalism movie — maybe ever” - The Washington Post


“Writing With Fire smashes Indian patriarchy” - Variety


“engaging and hopeful” - Screen Daily


“inspirational” - The Hollywood Reporter


“Rousing… nothing short of galvanizing” - New York Times Critic Pick


“invigorating and inspiring” - Los Angeles Times



World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change

Sundance 2021

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary

Sundance 2021

McBaine Documentary Feature Award


Special Jury Prize in Documentary Competition

SIFF 2021

Audience Award Best Documentary

Wisconsin Film Festival 2021

Silver Horn for Film on Social Issues

Krakow Film Festival 2021

Best Documentary

Molodist IFF 2021

Special Jury Mention for Best Doc Feature

Mountain Film Festival 2021

Justice Matters Award

Filmfest DC 2021

Best Feature Documentary

BlackStar Film Festival 2021

Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary

BlackStar Film Festival 2021

Truth Dox Award

DokuFest 2021

Maysles Brothers Documentary Award

Docs Ireland 2021

Al Jazeera Balkans Programme Department Jury Award

AJB DOC Film Festival 2021

Best International Feature Award

Visioni dal Mondo 2021

Best Documentary

Indo-German Film Week 2021

Audience Award

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2021

Horizons Award

Le Grand Bivouac 2021

Another World Is Possible Award

DocsMX 2021

Documentary Award

Monde en Vues 2021

Checkpoints Award

Bergen IFF 2021

Courage Under Fire Award

IDA Documentary Awards 2021

Best Feature Length Documentary

Nordic / Docs 2021

Best Documentary Award

Films From The South 2021

NPO Audience Award

IDFA 2021

Grand Jury Documentary Award

Movies That Matter 2022

Special Jury Prize

GZDOC Golden Kapok Awards 2022

Audience Award International Competition

Millenium International Documentary Film Festival 2022

Voices of Invisible Women Award

Terra di Tutti FF 2022

Documentary Award

Peabody Awards 2023

Audience Award

Bajo Nuestra Piel International Human Rights Film Festival 2023


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Sundance 2021

CPH:DOX 2021

Krakow IFF 2021

Cleveland IFF 2021

Hot Docs 2021

Seattle IFF 2021

San Fransisco FF 2021

DOK.fest München 2021

Encounters South African IDF 2021

Sundance London FF 2021

Sydney FF 2021

Visioni dal Mondo 2021

Al Jazeera Balkans DFF 2021

Zürich FF 2021

Bergen IFF 2021

IDFA 2021

Yamagata IDF 2021

Valladolid IFF 2021

Guadalajara IFF 2021

DOC NYC 2021

RIDM 2021

Festival dei Popoli 2021


Göteborg FF 2022


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Film Details

Runtimes 57' 93'
Spoken Languages Hindi
Production Countries India


Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh are award-winning director-producers from India whose work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Institute, Doc Society, SFF Film Fund, IDFA, The Bertha Foundation, Sorfond and the Finnish Film Foundation, among others.

Rintu and Sushmit are also Sundance Fellows, who enjoy producing films that have the power to create transformative social impact. In 2009, they founded Black Ticket Films, a production company invested in the power of non-fiction storytelling. With a strong eye on social justice stories, Black Ticket Films’ award-winning slate of films continue to be used as advocacy, impact and education tools by institutions across the world. Rintu and Sushmit were recognised for their filmmaking work with a President’s Medal in 2012, the highest honour given to filmmakers in India.

Five years in the making, WRITING WITH FIRE is their first feature documentary.


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