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Writing with Fire – Online

All Equal? Sisters

24 September 2021 | 6:00pm - 25 September 2021 | 10:00pm

Subtitles Closed Captions
INDY On Demand
United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Writing with Fire

Director: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh | Countries of production: India | Year: 2021 | Length: 92 min
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Courage in sisterhood: the Dalit women reclaiming power on their own terms.

Against a backdrop of rising Hindu nationalism, a group of intrepid Dalit women set up an independent news agency devoted to tackling India’s biggest issues. They defy tradition within their homes and out on the streets to report on everything from local political corruption to violence against women or inadequate public healthcare.

At great risk to themselves, these fearless reporters challenge oppressive gender roles and an inherently violent caste system to embrace journalism as a fundamental act of democracy. In the process, they find themselves not only writing their country’s stories – but also rewriting their own. This double Sundance award winner captures their vision, ingenuity, passion and humour as they redefine what it means to be powerful.

Content notes: Testimonies of rape, accounts of gender-based violence and forced labour.



Beyond the Screen

Changing our Tune: Defying Marginalisation in UK Media
Discover the experiences and hopes of UK-based female journalists in a zine developed exclusively for the festival.

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