Writing with Fire | BREC International Film Festival Summer 2022 | BREC

BREC International Film Festival

Writing With Fire (M)

Run Time 94 mins
Price $12-$19 no BF
Presented By BREC

India | Hindi with English subtitles | Documentary | 94 Mins

BREC International Film Festival ☀️ Summer 2022

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08 January 2022
8:00 pm
13 January 2022
2:30 pm
20 January 2022
11:00 am
30 January 2022
11:30 am
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Writing With Fire (M)

This Sundance 2021 favourite follows the trailblazing journalists behind India’s all-female newspaper and their tenacious grassroots reporting as they pivot to digital.

Their awe-inspiring efforts to redefine traditional notions of power, be it on the frontlines of India’s biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, are redefining what it means to actually be powerful.


An Audience and Jury Award winner at Sundance 2021, Writing With Fire tells the story of the women behind India’s only all-female news network, Khabar Lahariya, or ‘Waves of News’.

The film follows unflinching chief reporter Meera Devi and her team as, having kept the newspaper going for 14 years, they begin a transition from print to digital in a determined effort to stay relevant.

For many of the women, all of whom belong to India’s lowest caste — Dalit or ‘untouchable’ — and experience discrimination daily, this is the first time they’ve owned a mobile phone. Based in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, the women of Khabar Lahariya are rigorous reporters, taking on stories ranging from police incompetence, protests and corruption to sexual assault and murder; even as they take on the patriarchy.

Mocked and discouraged by everyone from their neighbours to their husbands, they don’t shy away from the bigger picture, tackling stories ranging from elections to corruption to sectarianism. With integrity and grit, they relentlessly challenge traditional roles and champion the need for journalism in a democracy.

An intimate and invigorating exploration of power, patriarchy and democracy in contemporary India, Writing With Fire is the first feature documentary from Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas and the winner of both Special Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance 2021


Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh

Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas

Sushmit Ghosh, Karan Thapliyal

“A triumphant documentary. A David vs. Goliath tale…a film that’s both a meticulous act of journalism and about it”
Moveable Feast

‘Writing with Fire is a story of our times. It is the first time modern Dalit women will be seen on screen, not as victims of their circumstances but as writers of their own destiny.’
Hansika Lohani Mehtani, Bookazine

‘Imagine an alternate world where the world is saved not by superheroes in capes, but by women sporting saris and a smart-phone. Ordinary women with extraordinary courage.’
Hansika Lohani Mehtani, Bookazine

‘…the film deftly blends the (inextricably linked) personal and professional sides of the journalists’ work, offering up a wide-ranging look at a vital outlet with so many stories to tell.’
Kate Erbland, IndieWire

‘The most inspiring journalism movie – maybe ever’
The Washington Post

BREC International Film Festival ☀️ Summer 2022


Full: $19.00
Conc/Student: $17.00
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Group 8: $14.00


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