Writing With Fire
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.
This text is from the Films from the South Festival, where the film had its Scandinavian Premiere.
"The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever"
"Rousing, Inspirational Tribute to the Pride of Grassroots Indian Journalism"
Director Sushmit Ghosh & Rintu Thomas
Producer Sushmit Ghosh & Rintu Thomas
Production Company Black Ticket Films
Norwegian co-producer Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
Norwegian co-production company Sant & Usant
Runtime 1h 32m