The Oscar nomination itself is his victory, says co -author of Fire Maker Rintu Thomas

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh at the Oscars (Image credit: AFP)

Documentary made in India Writing With Fire losing an Oscar but being nominated itself was a win, the makers told PTI news agency after the 94th Academy Awards. Writing With Fire was nominated for Best Documentary Feature – the first nomination in this category for an Indian -made film – and an Oscar got Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Can’t Be Broadcast). After the Oscars, filmmaker Rintu Thomas told PTI, “Writing With Fire earned space as one of five films from the world for Best Feature Documentary – we believe that the nomination itself is a win. Representing India at the Academy Awards is very special. “

“As the first Indian feature documentary to be nominated, we are confident this has opened many doors to the Indian filmmaking community,” said Rintu Thomas, who attended the Oscars alongside co -filmmaker Sushmit Ghosh.

Writing With Fire, directed, produced and edited by filmmaker duo Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, documents the story of Khabar Lahariya, a newspaper run by Dalit women journalists in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It follows chief publishing journalists and crime journalists as they cover news in some of the country’s most troubled provinces. Shot for five years, Writing With Fire has been well received on the film festival circuit and won numerous prizes, including a Special Jury Award and an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Last week, the Khabar Lahariya organization issued a statement accusing the documentary of not representing them accurately. Khabar Lahariya author Kavita Bundelkhandi recently told PTI that they are proud that a documentary has been made about their achievements but hope it becomes a more rounded picture: “The document inaccurately describes our work as it only shows part of what we do , and shows that we are only about one political party. “

Summer of Soulsto where Writing With Fire lost an Oscar, describing the events of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival or ‘Black Woodstock’ as it is known. Directed by musician Questlove, Summer of Souls also has an Indian connection in publisher Joseph Patel. The other three films nominated for Best Documentary Film are Hike, Attica and run away.

(With PTI input)


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