"The most inspiring journalism movie — maybe ever. An essential portrait of the fight for press freedom…Writing With Fire reminds us that there are always people who, despite incredible odds, will choose to do this work."
- Jason Rezaian, Washington PostREAD ARTICLE
"Rousing...nothing short of galvanizing."
- Devika Girish, The New York TimesREAD ARTICLE
"Each scene attests to the journalists' grit and resilience, as well as their unmistakable excellence and sophisticated skill—without condescension. And it’s a credit to the dexterous storytelling of the filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, a couple from New Delhi who are not Dalit, that viewers are able to witness that."
- Yashica Dutt, The AtlanticREAD ARTICLE
"As this engaging and hopeful documentary by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh shows, words have the power to change things when wielded carefully…‘I believe journalism is the essence of democracy,’ says Meera. Watching this will make you believe it too."
- Amber Wilkinson, Screen InternationalREAD ARTICLE
"Insightful and inspirational…the film’s sense of intimacy and immediacy makes the viewer feel like they’re on a ride-along with the journalists...the filmmakers illuminate the change that can happen when the most marginalized members of a society empower themselves..."
- Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood ReporterREAD ARTICLE
"Armed with eagle-eyed filmmakers and compelling subjects, the film deftly blends the (inextricably linked) personal and professional sides of the journalists’ work, offering up a wide-ranging look at a vital outlet with so many stories to tell…the result is profound"
- Kate Erbland, IndieWireREAD ARTICLE
"A stand-out documentary…a ripping yarn of a group of very feisty women…the filmmakers have deftly woven the story of three brave, extraordinary young women journalists."
- Helen Barlow, South China Morning PostREAD ARTICLE
"This documentary is a profoundly powerful reminder of people in the time of politics. Of speaking in an era of silence. And of writing – stories, videos, segments, history itself – in the age of hellfire."
- Rahul Desai, Film CompanionREAD ARTICLE
- Gary Kramer, SalonREAD ARTICLE
"A powerful documentary."
- Paige Gardner, Daily Utah ChronicleREAD ARTICLE
"A unique perspective…a rich vein of material about multiple issues at once, and all credit to the filmmakers for managing to keep them organized and irresistibly watchable."
- Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake WeeklyREAD ARTICLE
"All of these women, in their wit and determination to represent the powerless, are an ebullient tonic in the face of a cynical chauvinistic male power structure…the resounding message that manages to boil to the surface, "nevertheless, she persisted," hits with a pen point’s force."
- Robert Daniels, Roger Ebert.comREAD ARTICLE
"Directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh do a stellar job of instructing (like any good doc should) the viewer...Writing With Fire accomplishes what any good documentary should - it allows the viewer a visit into a world that they might never even have known to exist."
- Brian Shaer, Film ThreatREAD ARTICLE
"A triumphant doc. A David vs. Goliath tale…a film that’s both a meticulous act of journalism and about it, evolving into an intriguing consideration of its place in the contemporary world."
- Stephen Saito, Moveable FestREAD ARTICLE
"The brave and ambitious reporters are great subjects…it’s inspiring to get to know these marginalised women as they find success speaking truth to power."
- Jeremy Matthews, Eye For FilmREAD ARTICLE
"[Highlights] true sheroes…should give hope to oppressed individuals around the globe. May they all learn to write with the same fire as these smart, capable women have learned to do."
- Christopher Reed, Hammer to NailREAD ARTICLE
"[The subjects are] an impressive trio who inspire with their irrepressible search for the truth…terms like ‘uplifting,’ ‘impressive’ and ‘triumphant’ only scratch the surface…Meera, Suneeta, Shyamkali and their colleagues are nothing short of inspirational, [they’re] women I’ll think of anytime I’m scared to do the hard thing or worried about the consequences of taking a risk or speaking truth to power. If they can do it, we all can."
- Lisa Trifone, Third Coast ReviewREAD ARTICLE
"Intimate…inspirational and emotional naturally…the true importance of what [these women] are doing comes through."
- Nathan Muir, AIPTREAD ARTICLE
"A tremendous accomplishment for these debuting feature directors…Writing With Fire is a fierce reminder that women have the strength to do anything they set their hearts and minds too. Regardless of the ‘powers’ who tell them they can’t."
- Amanda Gilmore, Mr. Will WongREAD ARTICLE
Writing With Fire is a testament to the courage and determination of a band of sisters who simply refuse to be silenced."
- Rob Aldam, Backseat MafiaREAD ARTICLE
"An inspiring documentary…an unmissable opportunity to learn about the tireless work of admirable and passionate women who are making a positive impact in their community."
- Richard Gallegos, La EstatuillaREAD ARTICLE
"Fascinating…hugely inspiring…these women are fearless and brave and represent the best of India."
- Sailesh Ram, Asian Culture VulturesREAD ARTICLE
"Incredibly rewarding…if you have a chance to check this film out, I would highly encourage doing so...not only are [the subjects] brave, they are strong journalists who continue to provide for their country and fight for women."
- Amy Smith, Film For ThoughtREAD ARTICLE
"Absolutely mind-blowing…an absolutely necessary film…this documentary will make you leave your comfort zone, get educated, learn more, and appreciate what we all have."
- Ulkar Alakbarova, Let the Movies Move UsREAD ARTICLE
"Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh knew how to watch and listen to the pulse of this story…what in other films would be presented as a story of victims and laments, in this one it is presented as a highly complex situation, in which there are obstacles, but also love, support and generosity."
- Fabiola Santiago, LuminicasREAD ARTICLE
"[The film] connects us to the distinctly feminine yet intrinsically human struggles our subjects…[it is] achieved by incendiary, ardent, empathetic editing…larger-than-life…a doc with multiple, complex angles – all of which intrigue and engross…unmissable."
- Louie Baharom, Cinephilia.phREAD ARTICLE
"Writing With Fire is not just an empathetic look at women who are breaking the barriers yet are circumscribed by social circumstances…it is also a masterclass for aspiring young journalists, a refresher course for the seniors and a much-needed shot of inspiration for the weary and cynical brigade."
- Namrata Joshi, National HeraldREAD ARTICLE
Writing With Fire has enough smarts and intellectual curiosity to not get constrained by one line of thought. It cares for its protagonists in the best way possible: by caring for their work…If the real history of Hindi cinema is ever written, the industry’s moneyed elites will be tongue-tied about their complicity, but Indian documentary filmmakers will be able to say this with pride: "We were here, we were there – fighting with fire, filming with fire."
- Tanul Thakur, The WireREAD ARTICLE
"Writing with Fire is a genre-defying masterpiece, one moment reminiscent of a dogged detective movie, the next recalling the great surround-sound reportage of Tom Wolfe and Joan Didion in the 1960s."
- Rahul Jacob, Financial TimesREAD ARTICLE