Wednesday 9 February 2022 7:46 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI Feb 9: The 2022 Oscar nominations were announced yesterday. Delhi-based filmmaker duo Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh-directed ‘Writing with Fire’ has been nominated for the Best Documentary Feature award, which is India’s first entry in this category.
‘Writing with Fire‘ has previously also won 28 international awards including Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won two awards: Special Jury (Impact for Change) and Audience awards at the World Cinema Documentary competition.
Rintu’s parents are Raju Thomas and Shiji Raju, both natives of Pampady in Kottayam.
Rintu completed BA Honours degree in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi and Mass Communication at the Jamia Milia Islamia University. Following this she pursued her career in journalism.
Rintu met Sushmit at Jamia Milia Islamia University and were classmate there. The two friends began producing documentaries, in 2009, under the banner of Black Ticket Films.
‘Writing With Fire’ hasnt been released in India yet. Discussions are still underway.
— Rintu Thomas (@RintuThomas11) February 8, 2022
The debut feature documentary is about a newspaper ‘Khabar Lahariya’ started as a social experiment by an NGO. It’s India’s only rural newspaper run by Dalit women since 2002, started by Delhi-based NGO Nirantar from Chitrakoot in the Bundelkhand region.
It is published across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in rural dialects of Hindi, including Bundeli and Awadhi. ‘Khabar Lahariya’ is India’s only women-run brand of ethical and independent rural news. Today, it reaches 5 million people every month through multiple digital platforms.
The feature documentary captures ‘Khabar Lahariya’s switch from print to digital in recent years. It follows how the newspaper’s Chief reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, redefining what it means to be powerful by reporting India’s biggest issues and within the confines of their own homes, questioning notions of patriarchy and redefining power, investigating local police-force incompetence, listening in and standing by victims of caste and gender violence.
Other nominees in the Best Documentary Feature category were ‘Ascension’, ‘Attica’, ‘Flee’, and ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’.
This year’s list of Oscar nominees was led by filmmaker Jane Campion’s gothic western ‘The Power Of The Dog’ which has 12 nominations. The 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, on March 27.
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