"Writing With Fire" premieres on WSIU March 28th
Writing With Fire: Film Screening & Discussion
Join WSIU and The Carbondale Public Library for a free virtual community conversation about the film Writing With Fire. The film screening will be March 20, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. The conversation will be on topics related to the film, so watching the film in advance of the conversation is not necessary.
JOIN US FOR A Q&A SESSION AFTER THE SCREENING: Guest Moderator: Dr. Jyotsna Kapur | Honors Program Director, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, College of Arts & Media, SIUC
Jyotsna Kapur is the Director of SIU Honors Program at Southern Illinois University. She is professor of Cinema and Media Studies and also cross-appointed with Sociology. Her research and teaching interests include: Marxist-feminist theory of media arts and culture; The politics of labor, class, race, and sexuality in neo-liberalism; contemporary Indian media culture; History and theory of the documentary idea especially its redefinitions in contemporary practices and digital culture; Third Cinema; and Global children’s media culture.
About The Film
In a media landscape dominated by men, the women journalists of India’s all-female Khabar Lahariya (“News Wave”) newspaper risk it all, including their own safety, to cover the country’s political, social, and local news from a women-powered perspective. From underground network to independent media empire—now with 10 million views on their YouTube site—they defy the odds to redefine power.
Stream Online at pbs.org: March 29 – April 11, 2022
Resources related to this film are located here.
About The Filmmakers
Rintu Thomas is an award-winning director-producer, whose debut feature documentary, Writing With Fire, won two awards at Sundance ’21 and is a NYT Critics Pick. A 2021 IDA Courage Under Fire Award honoree, Rintu is also an IDA Logan Elevate grantee and a Sundance Fellow.
Sushmit Ghosh is an award-winning director, cinematographer who co-founded Black Ticket Films, a film company invested in the power of storytelling. Sushmit’s debut feature documentary Writing With Fire is a double Sundance award winner. Sushmit is a 2021 IDA Courage Under Fire Award Honoree and a Sundance Fellow.
Sponsored Locally by Carbondale Public Library and SIU Carbondale.
WSIU FILM EVENTS Indie Lens Pop-Up is a WSIU media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Indie Lens Pop-Up features documentaries from the PBS hit series Independent Lens, draws local residents together to discuss newsworthy topics. These in-person and virtual events are free and open to the public.