‘Writing With Fire’ Was Shot Over Five Years? Here’s what you need to know about the Oscar-nominated documentary film

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Oscar nomination for the inspiring story of 'Khabar Lahriya'
Oscar nomination for the inspiring story of ‘Khabar Lahriya’ (Photo Credit – IANS)

Praised by ‘The Washington Post’ as the ‘most inspiring journalistic film’ and ‘The New York Times’ as ‘nothing short of exciting’, ‘Writing With Fire’ has become the first Indian documentary to receive an Oscar nomination. got .

Aided by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, ‘Writing With Fire’ documents the inspiring story of ‘Khabar Lehriya’, a vibrant community newspaper in multiple dialects – Bundeli, Avadhi and Bajjika – run by women from marginalized communities in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district and UPs Banda district.

The story of “Writing With Fire,” which won top awards at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the newspaper’s journey from print to the digital medium, with the women who led it becoming daring smartphone journalists.

With the support of the Sundance Institute, the documentary was shot over five years, following the path of the newspaper’s chief reporter and crime reporter as they negotiate what can sometimes be a difficult and dangerous world for women like her.

The story of the citizen journalists who run ‘Khabar Lehriya’ and oversaw the print-to-digital transformation has been hailed with acclaim by just about every film industry magazine in the United States.

However, the ‘San Francisco Chronicle’ could have understood it when it said, “Even (Bob) Woodward and (Carl) Bernstein would be inspired by the female reporters of India’s ‘Writing with Fire'”, The two American journalists with ‘Washington Post’ had blown the lid on the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

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