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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.