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All-women Indian news outlet fired up about Oscar nod

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All-women Indian news outlet fired up about Oscar nod

A film about the organisation’s work has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category

Saurabh Sharma

Members of the pioneering team at an all-women, rural news organisation in northern India say they are ecstatic after a documentary film on their crusading reporting, especially about the hardships faced by lower caste communities, won an Oscar nomination on Tuesday.

Writing with Fire, a 93-minute film about the women behind the online news outlet Khabar Lahariya, meaning News Waves in Hindi, was nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category for this year’s Academy Awards.

“I am so happy. But I can’t express it well,” Meera Devi, a reporter with Khabar Lahariya said by telephone while reporting on local elections in India’s most populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where the news outlet is based...

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