WRITING WITH FIRE: April 1-10
April 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7pm Sunday Matinees April 3 and 10 at 3pm All screenings at the IU Radio & Television Theater
Prominent Indian journalists are regularly being arrested and jailed for “spreading disaffection against the Indian state.” Writing With Fire chronicles the challenges and triumphs of Khabar Lahariya, a newspaper staffed entirely by Dalit women (“Untouchables”).
A determined group of fearless young women, empowered by outrage and armed with a handful of smartphones (which they’re just learning to use), interview marginalized voices around the country, including rape victims whom the police ignore. This is investigative reporting at its most vital: bringing to account systemic sexist violence, corruption, and cynicism. Writing With Fire won the Audience Award at Sundance; it is nothing less than jawdropping.
Directed by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas • in Hindi w/subtitles • 93 min
CO-FEATURE: A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING
“A rousing, inspirational tribute to the pride of grassroots Indian journalism.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety
“CRITIC’S PICK! At a time when the profession faces increasing dangers in India, the film’s faith in the powers of grassroots journalism is nothing short of galvanizing.” – The New York Times
Tickets: only $8
Pandemic Protocols: Filmgoers must be vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination.
Filmgoers must wear masks in the theater. Seating will be capped at 35% of capacity.