For the first time an Indian feature documentary “Writing with fire” has been nominated in the category of best documentary feature. Along with four other nominations- “Ascension, Attica, Flee and Questlove.”
Directed by filmmakers Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, the documentary explores the story of ‘journalists behind the running of the Dalit women-led newspaper Khabar Lahariya and the shift they make from print to digital journalism aided by smartphones.’
The duo shared their reaction on social media, upon getting this big news.
Produced under Ghosh and Thomas’s movie production banner Black Ticket Films, it was premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival where it won two awards. It has bagged 28 international awards till now.
Earlier, fans of Suriya were disappointed as the highly anticipated ‘Jai Bheem’ did not make it into the Oscar nomination list this year along with Mohanlal’s Malayalam film ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham.’
Up until now, only three Indian films have ever made it to the final list of Oscar nominations – Mother India (1957), Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001).
This is a huge recognition for Indian documentary cinema on a global level. The Academy Awards will be announced at the end of March this year.
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