Writing with Fire: Celebrations as Indian documentary on all-female Dalit reporting team bags Oscar nod

Dalits are still considered ‘untouchables’ in some parts of India

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s reaction when Indian documentary ‘Writing with Fire’ bagged an Oscar nod

Congratulatory messages are pouring in for directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh as Indian documentary feature Writing with Fire bagged its first Oscar nomination.

The documentary feature is about India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women in a cluttered news landscape dominated by men.

Even though untouchability is banned in India, Dalits still face wide-scale discrimination and many are forced to perform jobs that are traditionally considered “unclean” or exceedingly menial, for very little pay.

However, Thomas and Ghosh’s documentary changes the narrative for this marginalised community, and follows the story of chief reporter Meera and her team at Khabar Lahariya, as they break traditions, redefining power and agency.

On Tuesday (8 February), Thomas posted a video of the moment she and her family found out about their Oscar nomination for the Best Documentary Feature.

In the video, the entire room can be seen jumping and screaming, making for a “wholesome” moment as they find out about their achievement.

Many people have since left appreciation messages telling the directors that they “deserve” this recognition.

Journalist Meera Nair wrote: “This is the most amazing news! Congratulations @RintuThomas11 and Sushmit Ghosh! #WritingWithFire.”

Indian film critic Mayank Shekhar added: “You should add this scene in the outtakes/closing credits in the film—so lovely; congratulations!”

Access unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

Indian music composer and Grammy award winner Ricky Kej wrote: “How inspiring, using your art for a purpose. And now that purpose has gotten the largest platform on our planet.”

“Your film will have the desired impact and some more. Congratulations to you amazing filmmakers!” he added.

“Deserves every bit of recognition and praise! Work of genius! More power to the indomitable spirits at Khabar Lahariya,” wrote another person.

Indian film director Rahul Dholakia added: “Wow!! Some very good news to wake up to !!”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in