Oscar nominations 2022: Indian documentary Writing with Fire nominated in Best Documentary Feature category


Guwahati: Indian documentary feature ‘Writing With Fire’ has made it to the final nominations list of the 94th edition of the Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Feature category.

The nominations were announced on Tuesday (February 8).

Other nominees in the category of Best Documentary Feature are – ‘Ascension’, ‘Attica’, ‘Flee’, and ‘Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).

The 94th edition of the Academy Awards is scheduled to be held on March 27.

Writing with Fire is a 2021 Indian documentary film directed by filmmakers Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas about the journalists running the Dalit women led newspaper Khabar Lahariya, as they shift from 14-years of print to digital journalism using smartphones.

It is also the first Indian feature documentary to be nominated for for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Produced under Ghosh and Thomas’ Black Ticket Films banner, the film had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it won two awards: The Audience Award and a Special Jury Award: Impact for Change in the World Cinema Documentary category.

It also received unanimous acclaim from film festivals and critics, winning 28 international awards and critical acclaim from the press.

It was named a “Critics Pick” by The New York Times, where it was reviewed as “Rousing…nothing short of galvanizing”.

Writing with Fire has also been hailed by Jason Reizaian at The Washington Post as “The most inspiring journalism movie – maybe ever”.