Sundance Film Festival (2021) – Audience Prize & Gran Jury Prize

Feature
International
SA Premiere

Availability:

Director(s):

Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh

Country:

India

Year:

2021

Running Time:

94 min

Language(s):

Guests

Live In-Conversation Moderator: Maganthrie Pillay

This highly engaging feature debut tells the story of Khabar Lahariya, India’s only all-female newspaper, as it makes the transition to digital in order to increase its reach. Put together entirely by the Dalit women, some of whom had never used a cellphone before, and led by Meera, their chief reporter, the online version of the paper quickly gains traction, and soon their YouTube channel is racking up millions of views, despite the numerous challenges they face. The film follows the women as they investigate the incompetence of the local police force, record the testimonies of victims of caste and gender-based violence, and challenge harmful, long-standing practices that lead to injustice and intimidation. In their fearless break from tradition and their relentless search, not just for truth but for answers, this crew of revolutionary reporters are redefining what it means to be powerful.

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