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Hailed as “the most inspiring journalism movie—maybe ever” by The Washington Post, this rousing documentary spotlights the only Indian newspaper run entirely by women. Founded nearly 20 years ago by a band of fearless Dalit women in rural Uttar Pradesh, the Khabar Lahariya paper has aggressively taken on India’s patriarchy and beaten the odds to have a real-world impact on local politics. But now, its reporters are facing the directive dreaded in newsrooms the world over throughout the 21st century: it’s time to “pivot to video.” As members of India’s lowest caste, many of the paper’s staff have never handled a smartphone before, and reconfiguring their reportage for YouTube is no small hurdle. But with an online presence comes a broader reach, and as their webpage’s clicks start climbing, the self-taught team behind Khabar Lahariya finds themselves taking on national issues and gaining global recognition. This real-world David and Goliath story of women standing up to speak truth to power won both an Audience Award and Special Jury Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. “A stirring and inspiring documentary about some very courageous women, who deftly articulate and defend the needfor accurate, fearless journalism in the pursuit of justice” (Vox). (MK)

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Language
    Hindi
  • Country
    India
  • Director
    Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
  • Producer
    Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
  • Cinematographer
    Karan Thapliyal, Sushmit Ghosh
  • Editor
    Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh