Writing With Fire has become the first Indian feature documentary that has bagged the Oscar Nominations. The documentary has made it to the final-five nomination list at the 94th edition of the Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Feature category.
The film is directed and produced by Delhi-based filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh making it the first all-India independent production to make it to the final nomination in this category. In December, the film made it to the Oscars shortlist of 15 from a pool of 138.
Sushmit Ghosh told the Indian Express, "We are beyond delighted. This is a massive moment for us and for Indian cinema. This is the first time an Indian documentary has been nominated for an Academy Award, so it has made history. This film is about fearless Dalit women journalists who are redefining what being powerful means, quintessentially the story of the modern Indian woman."
Following the release of Writing With Fire, it was showcased at numerous film festivals worldwide and won 28 awards, including some prominent ones.
The film is based on journalists running the Bundelkhand's Dalit women-led newspaper 'Khabar Lehariya' and their transition from 14-years of print journalism to digital using smartphones. The journey began six years ago and is set in the backdrop of an increasingly polarized world. It portrayed the women journalists reporting from some of the most challenging regions of the country, risking everything to speak truth to power.
Led by Chief Reporter Meera and her feisty understudy, crime reporter Suneeta, the film bears witness to these journalists' wit, intelligence, and compassion in confronting the most critical stories of our times.
Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has rated the film 7.8/10. IMDb is an online database of information related to films, television series, home videos, video games, and streaming content online.
Similarly, Rotten Tomatoes has scored the film 100% at Tomatometer. Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television.
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