Image - speaker photos plus 2 stills from film (courtesy the filmmakers)
Past Event

Writing with Fire: Dalit Women Deliver the News (Screening and Discussion)

Join us for a screening of Writing With Fire followed by a discussion with the filmmakers about their film and the topics raised in it.

Into India's cluttered male-dominated news landscape comes Khabar Lahariya (Waves of News), India's only newspaper run by Dalit ("low caste") women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

Join us for a conversation with Suchmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, the filmmakers behind the documentary Writing With Fire. They will be joining us from India. Learn how they chronicled the astonishing determination of these local reporters—who empowered each other and held responsible the unjust. Reaching new audiences through their growing platform, the women of Khabar Lahariya redefine what it means to be powerful.


Photos courtesy the speakers.

January 27, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

Image - Sushmit Ghosh

Sushmit Ghosh

Director and Cinematographer, Writing With Fire; Co-founder, Black Ticket Films

Image - Rintu Thomas

Rintu Thomas

Director and Producer, Writing With Fire; 2021 Logan Elevate Grantee

Image - Michelle Meow

Michelle Meow

Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" on KBCW/KPIX TV and Podcast; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Twitter @msmichellemeow—Co-Host

Image - John Zipperer

John Zipperer

Producer and Host, Week to Week Political Roundtable; Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club—Co-host