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WRITING WITH FIRE

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

Synopsis

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.

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Directors

Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh

Producers

Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh

Co-Producers

Tone Grøttjord, John Webster

Executive Producers

Patty Quillin, Hallee Adelman

Production Company

Black Ticket Films

Co-Production Company

Sant & Usant, JW Documentaries

Cinematography

Sushmit Ghosh, Karan Thapliyal

Editors

Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh

Music

Tajdar Junaid

Sound

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

 

Awards

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change

Sundance 2021

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary

Sundance 2021

McBaine Documentary Feature Award

SFFILM 2021

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

 

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Festivals

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

 

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Film Details

Runtimes 57' 93'
Spoken Languages Hindi
Production Countries India

Biography

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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