Writing with Fire

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April 24, 2022
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The Ridgewood Library's Reel Voices Film Festival and the Ridgewood Guild's International Film Festival present a screening of the 2022 Academy Award-nominated documentary "Writing with Fire" followed by a discussion and Q&A with journalist Yashica Dutt. Moderated by Rahul Bhatia, Ridgewood Guild.

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Writing with Fire

In a male-dominated media landscape, 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, they defy the odds to redefine power. Nominated for an Academy Award.

84 minutes


  • Moderator Avatar
    Roberta Panjwani

    Coordinator, 19th Annual Reel Voices Film Festival; Librarian/Head of Adult Services, Ridgewood Library


  • Panelist Avatar
    Tony Damiano

    Executive Director, Ridgewood Guild

    Celebrating our 11th anniversary, the Ridgewood Guild’s Annual International Film Festival (April 27-28) has grown from a two-day event to a seven-day festival and special events including our World Cinema Night, our Human Rights Festival, our Student Night and our Main Festival all showcasing creative and inspiring filmmakers and films from around the globe.

  • Panelist Avatar
    Yashica Dutt


    Journalist/Author of "Coming Out as Dalit"

  • Panelist Avatar
    Rahul Bhatia


    Member, 11th Annual Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival

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