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"Writing With Fire" premieres on WSIU March 28th

Female interviewing women
Black Ticket Films
Black Ticket Films
Meera and Suneeta reporting on an illegal mining mafia in the heartlands of Uttar Pradesh.

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.

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Jyostna Kapur PhD | Professor of Cinema & Media Studies.

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 locatedhere.

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.


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